Meeting global challenges with regenerative agriculture producing food and energy

Lisa A. Schulte, Bruce E. Dale, Stefano Bozzetto, Matt Liebman, Glaucia M. Souza, Nick Haddad, Tom L. Richard, Bruno Basso, Robert C. Brown, Jorge A. Hilbert, J. Gordon Arbuckle

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The world currently faces a suite of urgent challenges: environmental degradation, diminished biodiversity, climate change and persistent poverty and associated injustices. All of these challenges can be addressed to a large extent through agriculture. A dichotomy expressed as ‘food versus fuel’ has misled thinking and hindered needed action towards building agricultural systems in ways that are regenerative, biodiverse, climate resilient, equitable and economically sustainable. Here we offer examples of agricultural systems that meet the urgent needs while also producing food and energy. We call for refocused conversation and united action towards rapidly deploying such systems across biophysical and socioeconomic settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)384-388
Number of pages5
JournalNature Sustainability
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Food Science
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Urban Studies
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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