From Traditional to Sustainable to Regenerative

There is a shift happening in regards to environmental stewardship, and it involves the transition into regenerative practices. What does this mean?

Well, let’s start with a quick look at our history. We have been doing things the same way for a long, long time. We are talking about Traditional Methods. Whether we are talking about farming and ranching, manufacturing, or any other human endeavor, the traditional approach has often been consumptive of resources and destructive toward the environment.

Not too long ago, an awareness shifted toward Sustainability. The approach of the sustainability model has been good, for sure, as it has sought to reduce the harm or impact upon the environment by putting limitations and strict measure on automobile emissions, factory smokestacks, and water pollutants, to name a few. These measures have certainly helped curtail our negative impact to the environment, but the question that seems to accompany these efforts is, “How much time are we buying? How effectively are we delaying the inevitable?”

These kinds of questions have given rise to a growing perspective–that of Regenerative Practices. A regenerative product or process is one that actually creates and contributes to environmental health, leaving the earth healthier and richer in resources than when first started.

Is this even possible? Yes, it certainly is. But it takes collaboration and buy-in from enough people that want to change a particular practice into something healthy for our home.