Relating the impacts of regenerative practices to soil health and carbon sequestration on Gotland, Sweden
Alena Holzknecht and Laerke Daverkosen, EnvEuro - Master´s Programme
This thesis investigates the contemporary and historical context of the emerging term regenerative agriculture and further relates regenerative agricultural practices to soil health parameters. Land degradation, greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss through industrial agriculture are some of the largest challenges we face as humanity today. Fertile and productive soils are the base of life on this planet that need not only to be protected but also restored in order to support a rising population, and increasing negative impacts of climate change. With a core focus on soil quality it is possible to improve our agricultural land to sequester carbon, while enhancing biodiversity and ensuring food security.
This thesis is part of a larger ongoing project performed at SLU on the impact of regenerative farming on soil quality and carbon sequestration. Thus, our thesis is comparing different regenerative farms that have been operating for some years with conventional farms so first conclusions can be made about the impact of regenerative practices. Soil sampling will be continued on the same plots years ahead to thoroughly investigate the impacts over a longer time period.