European Alliance for Regenerative Agriculture

The European Alliance for Regenerative Agriculture (EARA) is an independent farmer-led coordination and political advocacy organisation of the movement of regenerative agriculture at the European level.

It is firmly rooted in its pioneering farming stewards from all of Europe’s diverse contexts. EARA is striving to enable the transformation of our agrifood system through accountable ecologic, economic and social regeneration beginning with the health of our living soils.

Our Founding Farmers are presenting their Vision

Only two weeks after the Founding Moment of EARA, we have launched our White Paper "Together for Regenerative Agrifood Ecosystems" at the Food Systems Pavilion at COP28 in Dubai

With the sharing of this White Paper EARA wants to inoculate the consensus- and alliance-building process of agents whose interests lie in a regenerating world. 

The paper gives clear guidance along which keystones agrifood ecosystem governance ought to be reenvisioned to foster regeneration. 

 

 

Own figure based on Wang-Erlandsson et al. 2022; Persson et al. 2022; Steffen et al. 2015, Campbell et al. 2017; Kovac & Kravic 2023.

Reason Why

The current agri-food system is the greatest cause for the degradation of our planetary health

Additionally, in regard to human and animal health, crops have greatly reduced their antioxidants, micro- and phytonutrients due to modern genetics, agricultural practices, and degraded soil health underlying health issues such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, cancers and diabetes.

Own figure based on Wang-Erlandsson et al. 2022; Persson et al. 2022; Steffen et al. 2015, Campbell et al. 2017; Kovac & Kravcik 2023.

Background

The current agri-food system is the greatest emitter of greenhouse gases by economic sectors globally.

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of our fellow human beings can not afford a healthy diet with agonizing consequences like malnutrition, diseases, hunger and starvation.
Who we are

But there is proof of hope.

Regenerative farmers are leading the way from degradation to regeneration all over Europe:

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Alfonso & Yanniek
We are the farmers of La Junquera, an organic regenerative farm and village in the South of Spain. We are creating a diverse and thriving landscape together with our partners (Regeneration Academy, Camp Altiplano) and bringing back life to the countryside. We grow a variety of crops and herd cows. We work hard to restore soils, capture water and bring back biodiversity through compost, swales, ponds, keyline, minimum tillage, hedges and borders and grazing practices. www.lajunquera.com
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Anna & David
Regenerative agriculture is more than just a farming practice - it's a way of life deeply rooted in our Hungarian traditions. It signifies our commitment to restoring the health of our land, fostering biodiversity, and creating a sustainable food system that nourishes both people and the planet. https://www.remenyfarm.hu/
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Marja
The Pursila farm is a conventional grain farm where regenerative cultivation is practiced. The farm also has cattle and sheep for landscaping. Regenerative agriculture means nurturing and revitalizing the soil, the ecosystem and the biodiversity.
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Daniele
We cultivate soil, water, landscape. Farming life is our passion, producing abundant good, nutritious food by restoring soil is what we are committed to. We enjoy farming, trying our best to regenerate the land we work on, in order to leave it to future generations, better than how we got it.
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William Houstoun
I holistically graze sheep and cattle on my farm in Glenisla, Scotland for my brother who has a 1,000 ha farm in Glenshee which is transitioning to regenerative management. I have been based here all my life while I have managed farm businesses ranging from Venezuelan ranches to a Scottish soft fruit co-operative. I now also work as a Savory Accredited Professional Educator.
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Kmetija Vegerila is situated at the foot of the Alps at an altitude just above 500 m in the north-western corner of Slovenia. It is a small family run farm on 14 hectares. Today we grow the grain for our poultry, the rest of land consists of marginal grasslands and traditional vigorous stock orchards to graze our livestock. We only sell locally and strive to build a local community interested in holistic regenerative agriculture.

You are a regenerative Farmer?

Evidence of the impressive outcomes produced by regenerative farmers

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more birds

Water

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Water

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improvement of the soils´ water functions 

Carbon

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better CO2e balance

Productivity

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increase of forage production on pastures

Crop Health

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less ‘pest’ abundance

Nutritional Quality

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higher nutrient density 

Economic Health

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more on-farm profit
How we work

Regenerative farmers from several European countries, genders, ages and farm types work together

In a time when political decisions fail to solve the ‘trade-off’ between the regeneration of ecosystems and agricultural productivity, regenerative farmers show that resilient and high quality yields are best achieved through ecosystem regeneration with various co-benefits on health and climate change mitigation. EARA serves to make the voices of farming pioneers central in relevant political discourses to guide stakeholders’ decision-making in the EU member states as well as in EU institutions towards the urgently needed regenerative transformation of our agri-food system in Europe and beyond.

The Founding Farmers present at the Conference in November 2023 | Filmkrug, Nina Reichmann
What we do

Examples of our Policy Advocacy

EU Soil Health Law Coalition 

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Joint Position Paper on the Soil Health Law 

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EU Soil Health Law Coalition 

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Joint Position Paper on the Soil Health Law 

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EARA White Paper: Together for Regenerative Agrifood Ecosystems

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Towards a Farmer and Soil Health centered CAP

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Contact us

Become a part of the transformation.

The ecosystem EARA strives to grow around its regenerating farmers is inclusive of everyone in the regenerative movement who is deeply engaged in the genuine regeneration of our EU agri-food system and beyond: Farmers, scientists, policy-makers, NGOs, individual pioneers from the food industry and many many more. If you want to join our Alliance and support our ecosystem, political advocacy and agitation please reach out. 

EARA’s Operational Team is driven by the needs, knowledge and experience of our community of regenerative farmers. They act as coordinators and facilitators of our farmer-led Alliance.

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Natascha Schwarzkopf, Alliance Builder

Trained Sustainability Economist and experienced Policy Advisor. Passionate about rethinking economics and policy making for regeneration.

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Simon Krämer, Policy Steward

Trained Political Agroeconomist and experienced Policy Advisor. Invested to grow farmer and food agency, biocultural diversity, biogeochemical cycling and peace.

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