Colin Tudge in conversation with The Re-Generation founder Rory Spowers at Port Eliot Festival
Over the last century, we have denatured and depleted our food and farming systems and therefore our diets, contaminating complex biological systems, from oceans and topsoil to microorganisms within the human body itself, with toxic compounds linked to escalating rates of cancers and numerous other degenerative diseases.
But there is abundant evidence to show that a rapid transition to small and medium-scale, diversified, regenerative farming principles could reverse this process, rebuilding topsoil, restoring biodiversity, cleaning up our air, water and our food through natural biological processes, while simultaneously feeding the world with healthy nutritious food and sequestering significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to mitigate climate change.
What are the role models and who are the pioneers? The Re-Generation, in conjunction with Amorevore Food and Consciousness Festival, will continue to explore this crucial area, bringing together world-leading chefs, campaigners, farmers and other experts, in fields from permaculture and holistic livestock land management to 3-D ocean seaweed farming and biochar, pursuing this fundamental question: if we can fix our food and farming, can we fix our world?
Kicking off these discussions, The Re-Generation founder Rory Spowers talked about ‘enlightened agriculture’ and ‘regenerative farming’ with writer and biologist Colin Tudge, at the Port Eliot Festival launch of The Re-Generation, 25 to 28 July 2019.