CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Regenerative Agriculture…

Welcome to Friday Food Reviews where I will be covering a different food or product each week and looking at… what are they?  where do they grow, what can we substitute them for in a recipe, are they safe to eat, how to store them, how to use them, cook them, anything connected to that food. or product..all the why’s and the wherefores…it will, of course, be mainly my own opinion or a known fact…good or bad…there may even be a tried and tested recipe…or three…

This week it’s…Regenerative Agriculture…

What is regenerative agriculture?

Regenerative agriculture is an alternative means of producing food that, its advocates claim, may have lower—or even net positive—environmental and/or social impacts. Regenerative agriculture has recently received significant attention from producers, retailers, researchers, and consumers, as well as politicians and the mainstream media.

It does seem however that there are no hard and fast definitions of what it means…I think transparency and clear guidelines are required as people are already bombarded with “sustainable farming”, pesticide-free foods, chemical-free foods and the like…is this just another way to hike costs to the consumer???

I would like to think that these companies and manufacturers are following indigenous people’s practices of animal husbandry and proper land and water management as I believe it should go hand in hand and is a circular process…

When I look at the list of companies who have pledged to do this and reduce their carbon footprint etc….my alarm bells ring…is that me being a sceptical old *** or am I worrying unnecessarily?

Without firm definitions of regenerative or many official certifications, can we trust regenerative commitments from big food companies? What should we look for, as consumers, to know whether a company’s claims can be backed up or not?

Have a listen to this podcast and tell me what your thoughts are…

Episode 6: Regenerative Mac and Cheese

Thank you for joining me today I look forward to your thoughts …

24 thoughts on “CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Regenerative Agriculture…

  1. Tiffany Hoffmann

    To me, regenerative ag is all about rebuilding the soil. Monoculture and chemicals use lead to erosion and soil degradation. Rebuilding or regenerating the soil is essential to allowing us to continue food production. Without soil we don’t have food and without food we don’t have humans


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Hi Tiffany…I agree with you the whole system needs to be rebuilt from the bottom up so we can have sympathetic, sustainable farming and food…Thank you for dropping in and leaving a valued comment 🙂

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  2. D. Wallace Peach

    I have to admit to being a skeptic too, Carol. When the giants go organic, it seems to be a gimmick rather than a real commitment, especially since the vast majority of what they produce is not organic, not responsibly grown, and of compromised nutrition, not to mention the chemicals. Finally, in our area, people who get food assistance can use their allotments at farmers’ markets. Anything to get away from food in a box or can sounds good to me. 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I agree, Diane the giants do nothing for our health just their gain… Thats a great idea to encourage people who get food assistance to use farmers markets.. Have a lovely week Diane 🤗x

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      1. D. Wallace Peach

        Yeah. I know. One challenge here is that good quality food is more expensive than the junk, and a lot of people have to rely on what they can afford. I don’t blame them, but I do blame the people in charge of all this who turn a blind eye to such poor nutrition, especially for children.

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  3. Sue Dreamwalker

    I think dear Carol, you are right to have your alarm bells ringing… This agenda is global and we see now a real program of removal of Real Meat.. for synthetic … We are what we eat.. and we ingest so many chemicals now that have been pumped into animals let along the E numbers and additives along with Fluoride in the water etc..
    We DO need to alter our consumer habits to learn just what goes into food products and get back to natural food sources… Very hard since the world now is geared to the Fast Take-away lanes and the built up areas where no one even knows how to grow their own produce anymore..

    While the supermarkers here in the UK are putting up their prices weekly to nearly double in some cases.. Milk for one went up 10 pence last week a bottle, Butter in the last month as gone up 70p.. yet the farmers are not getting higher prices..

    The big corporations have never cared about health only profit margins…

    Great post Carol… Enjoy your Sunday my friend ❤

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sue…It will only get worse especially with the fall out from the war as Ukraine was the 4th largest exporter of grain and that will effect many people around the world…Plus all the food waste which is one of my biggest bug bears when people are starving..Don’t get me started on that…Have a great Sunday, Sue 🙂 xx

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  4. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Thanks for another informative post Carol and like Dorothy I am sceptical when mac and cheese in a box comes with far more than natural ingredients. I think all countries should be aiming towards food sustainability at least in the basic staple foods that provide a decent level of nutrition. I believe in the UK there is only one week of food for the 64 million + population in reserve! Thankfully here we have a well established agricultural industry that provides most of the basics that we need but it still needs developing.. xx

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  6. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

    Interesting and informative podcast. Whenever big ag business is involved, no matter their marketing, their bottom line is always about profit. Even if a box of mac and cheese says it organic, or whatever other feel-good buzz word, most of them use refined flour just look at the nutrition label, especially the salt and preservatives.

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  8. beetleypete

    We are surrounded by farms here, but I have not heard that term being used. Sadly, some are being changed for use as ‘Solar Panel Farms’, and smaller farms are often sold off for use as new housing developments. While solar power is good, and people need homes, we have to remember we also need food crops being produced, and livestock for meat and dairy products.
    Best wishes, Pete. x


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I think it’s all about what makes the most profit, Pete and if you have a family to support I understand that BUT we need food crops as well, unfortunately, the big supermarkets squeeze the life out of the farmers…I think we all are going to have to accept that we are no longer going to enjoy cheap food and that means more cooking from scratch and with foods in season… We need radical changes not just for households but for the big supermarkets… so many changes are required in mindsets and consumer products to enable us to go forward and of course, this war will have an effect on food around the world…

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