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Regenerative Agriculture’s Many Shades of Green

Regenerative agriculture has become a popular term used by food companies to make sustainability and climate claims, however, without clear, results-based frameworks, such claims are difficult to substantiate, according to a new global report by agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank.

The report says there is no single or widely accepted definition of regenerative agriculture today, nor is having a single definition the ultimate goal.

“Instead, it is more important to focus efforts on defining farm and region-specific outcomes and metrics. Indeed, within the agricultural community, there is consensus on the main regenerative agriculture practices, but no one-size-fits-all solution,” the report says.

The report says, around the world, farmers have various motivations for adopting regenerative farming practices and it is important to understand local obstacles to increase adoption of more sustainable practices. ;

“To have a frame of reference, the global food and agricultural supply chain – including supply chain participants here in New Zealand – needs to figure out how to measure outcomes like farm-level nutrient balance, water and air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration,” Rabobank NZ Head of Sustainable Business Development Blake Holgate said.

Rabobank NZ Head of Sustainable Business Development Blake HolgateRabobank NZ Head of Sustainable Business Development, Blake Holgate

There is a strong and clear need for multidisciplinary biological science and data science training, as understanding how to interpret and translate unpredictable observations in biological systems is key to making meaningful, data supported conclusions.”

Rabobank New Zealand is a part of the global Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 120 years’ experience providing customized banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and operates in 38 countries, servicing the needs of more than nine million clients worldwide through a network of close to 1000 offices and branches. Rabobank New Zealand is one of the country's leading agricultural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the New Zealand food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 27 offices throughout New Zealand.

Media contacts:

David Johnston
Marketing & Media Relations Manager
Rabobank New Zealand
Phone: 04 819 2711 or 027 477 8153

Denise Shaw
Head of Media Relations 
Rabobank Australia & New Zealand 
Phone: +612 8115 2744 or +61 2 439 603 525