Common Terms to Know

REGENERATIVE GRAZING

Regenerative Grazing refers to a set of grazing practices that deliver continuous benefits to the ecosystem, the economy, and society. These practices renew the productivity of pasture by stimulating plant growth while increasing soil carbon sequestration, biodiversity, soil fertility and a long list of co-benefits.

Goes by many names:

  1. Rotational Grazing 

  2. Adaptive Multi-Paddock Grazing (AMP)

  3. Managed Grazing

  4. Prescribed Grazing 

  5. Intensive Pasture 

  6. Mob Grazing

CLIMATE MITIGATION

What does this mean for the planet?

Climate Mitigation involves reducing emissions of and stabilizing the levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 

ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

Soil Ecosystem Services are generally classified as provisioning, regulating, supportive and cultural services. For example: water purification, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling and the provision of habitats for biodiversity,

 “Each service may reflect different soil functions, which can be quantified by specific measurements. Cultural services, however, are not expected to be affected by soil chemical, physical and biological soil attributes and thus cannot be modelled on the basis of these measurements.” 

Source: Rinot, O., Levy, G. J., Steinberger, Y., Svoray, T., & Eshel, G. (2019). Soil health assessment: A critical review of current methodologies and a proposed new approach. Science of the Total Environment, 648, 1484-1491.

SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Sustainable agriculture addresses three key aspects of sustainability:

  1. Economical Viability – If it is not profitable, it is not sustainable.

  2. Socially Supportive – The quality of life of farmers, farm families and farm communities is important.

  3. Ecologically Sound – Preserving the resource base that sustains us all.

SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION

Soil Carbon Sequestration is a vital ecosystem service, resulting from the interactions of ecological processes. Human activities affecting these processes can lead to carbon loss or improved storage.

Source: Todd A. Ontl and Lisa A. Schulte, Department of Natural Resource Ecology Management, Iowa State University

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