Precision landscape regeneration for food, ecosystem and climate security
Australian National University.
Global trends project a convergence of crisis in the next decades as demand for land exceeds planetary biocapacity. Agriculture depends on soil and water supplied by ecosystems which are alsol holding run away climate change. Regenerative agro-ecosystems grow food, are water resilient and build soil using perennial cropping, silvapasture and agroforestry approaches with biochar and enhanced rock weathering. When deployed at scale (1B hectares), regenerative landscapes can also stabilize the global climate by drawing down 10GtCO2e/y. I will outline a high tech (Genome2Phenome2Environment) experimental, modeling and social/economic research program to scale regenerative agriculture nationally and globally by 2030. Australia’s diverse landscape with synergistic primary industry capacity (agriculture and mafic rock mining) can contribute 10% of this solution valued at $1T over the decade.