Sustainability

Putting it into practice

While regenerative agriculture must be a place-based, customized, systems-level approach, there are certain interlinked practices that are part of most regenerative systems. Some of these practices include: rotating crops, planting cover crops and retaining crop residues, using low or no tillage approaches, eliminating synthetic chemicals, using natural sources of fertilizer, and introducing highly-managed grazing and/or integrated crop/grazing systems. Regenerative agriculture is focused on practices that give the desired outcomes not only in terms of yield and quality of materials but also in terms of soil and ecosystem health. 

 

The projects supported by the Regenerative Fund for Nature will incorporate regenerative agriculture practices that are linked to specific measurable outcomes on the farm. Additionally, based on Kering’s pioneering approach to biodiversity and animal welfare, the projects will also incorporate ‘wildlife friendly’ practices where appropriate, and focus on ensuring high standards of animal welfare.


Below are some illustrative (but not comprehensive) types of farming practices that contribute to regenerative production systems for the priority materials.
 

Cotton

Example practices: 


•    Improve soil health by using cover crops, low to no-till farming, composting, crop rotation and/or intercropping, leading to observable gains in soil carbon, water retention capacity and soil organic matter.
•    Ensure cotton is certified organic, prohibiting the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and GMO seeds 
•    Implement sustainable innovative pricing mechanisms to support farmer livelihoods, such as price premiums

 

Cotton
Leather, wool, cashmere

Example practices:


•    Improve soil health and above ground/below ground biomass through rotational grazing management, outlined in a grazing or pasture management plan. Ensure ground cover (eliminate bare ground), leading to improved soil water retention, carbon sequestration and reduced run-off. 
•    Support on and off-farm biodiversity through practices such as set-asides, hedgerows, wildlife corridors, and similar.
•    Implement sustainable innovative pricing mechanisms to support farmer livelihoods, such as price premiums
•    Fully implement the five freedoms of animal welfare.

Cashmere