Thursday, January 21, 2021
3:30 - 5:00pm PT
To be presented in English and Spanish
The Revolution is Regenerative: Guiding Agriculture Towards the Future
John Kempf, Advancing Eco Agriculture
Can our current agricultural systems produce the “food as medicine” our society needs? Over the years, farmers and agribusiness have championed the positive effects of organic production as the best way to impact public health—but is there a better way? Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA) Founder John Kempf describes the power of regenerative agriculture and its ability to benefit plant health, soil health, and ultimately, human health. Throughout the keynote, John will discuss the capacity of regenerative agricultural systems to produce disease and insect-resistant crops, regenerate soil and ecosystem health, and supply the world with medicinal quality food.
John Kempf is a leading crop health consultant and designer of innovative soil and plant management systems. He is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a plant nutrition and biostimulants consulting company. A top expert in the field of biological and regenerative farming, John founded AEA in 2006 to help fellow farmers by providing the education, tools, and strategies that will have a global effect on the food supply and those who are growing that supply. John is the host of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, where he interviews top scientists and growers about the science and principles of implementing regenerative agriculture on a large scale. He has a unique ability to simplify and clearly explain complex concepts in the areas of soil and plant health, and skillfully discusses the larger social and environmental impacts of food, agriculture, and ecology. John’s mission is to provide support to the world’s farmers and globally impact our food supply.
Decolonization and Indigenization of Regenerative Agriculture
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
This is a presentation focused on two central concepts of regenerative thinking a) decolonization of the mind, science, processes, methodology, agricultural production and overall system-level engineering, as well as other systemic issues needed to address in order to achieve the core outcomes intended through real regenerative agriculture, b) indigenization of the way we study, see, interact with, work with and relate to natural ecosystems and with each other as part of the earth’s living systems as a foundation in the transformation of the processes and structural changes that lead to decolonized regenerative agriculture outcomes that reflect the indigenous origins and the integrity of the concept of regenerative thinking.