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What is Regenerative Agriculture?

Hi there! Welcome to Series 2 Part 1, of Tend’s blog series on learning about the food system. In Series 1, we covered the key problems in our current industrialised food system – including topics such as animal welfare, environmental damage, and health implications.  Now, it’s time to shift our attention towards solutions. Each part of Series 2 will look at each of the viable alternatives in greater detail, so this article is just a quick-stop summary of those approaches.   Regenerative Agriculture 101 When it comes to a ‘sustainable food system’, we like to think of regenerative agriculture. This method of farming aims to build – rather than destroy; whether its ecosystem resilience, relationships with farmers, living standards for animals, regenerative agriculture is an attempt at...

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The Impacts of Our Food on Animal and Farmer Welfare

  As we’ve become increasingly disconnected from our food sources, we tend to forget about the people who grow them, as well as the welfare of the animals that we eat. It’s all too easy to neglect thinking beyond the supermarket portion of the food system that we see every day. Still, it’s time we reconnect with our food sources. In this article, we’ll be looking into the ethical issues surrounding animal and farmer welfare that stem from the current industrialised food system.   Animal Welfare How do we know the meat, eggs, or diary that we buy has been grown in consideration of animal welfare? Currently, the labelling of products as ‘free-range’, ‘organic’ or ‘Red Tractor’ certified is the...

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Revolutionising the food system: How farming can be the climate villain or the saviour

Hi there! Welcome to the second post in our six-part series on “Revolutionising the food system”. As part of Tend’s mission to reconnect with our food, we hope these articles provide you with insight and understanding of the implications of our current food system. In parts 1, 2, 3 and 4, we’ll be discussing the health, climate, ecological and ethical impacts. In part 5, we’ll share what we believe a sustainable food system looks like, before talking about the benefits of that system in part 6. Together, we can revolutionise how we feed ourselves and our planet. The current industrialised food system is contributing to climate change. Our industrialised food system prioritises profit and production over quality and sustainability. It treats...

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Rethinking the Future of Food

No matter where we are from or what language we speak, every single person on this planet eats food every day. It’s what keeps us alive, nourished and energised. Yet, in recent years, our society has become so disconnected from what we eat that we don’t ever stop to think about the implications of our consumption choices. Most of us are unaware of the impacts of the centralised, industrialised food system through which we consume our food. This system is one in which profit and efficiency trumps all else, at the expense of our health and the future of our planet. This approach to producing, harvesting, distributing, and purchasing food is unsustainable and must change now. The impacts of the...

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What is Permaculture?

  The permaculture concept is a sustainable farming technique, that goes beyond how we use the land to include the way in which we build houses, use waste and produce energy. It is a way of life or “culture”, that aims to marry human activity with nature so that we can sustainably or “permanently” meet our needs without jeopardising the health of the environment. The word itself comes from the amalgamation of “permanent agriculture”, or more recently “permanent culture”.   The pioneer behind this practice – Bill Mollison (with David Holgrem) – brought together his philosophy after observing the natural trajectory of plant communities in the Australian rainforests and deserts. He has termed his realisation of how to apply ecology to agriculture as the “revelation” moment of his age, and wrote the first blueprint for the approach, ‘Permaculture One’, in 1978. [i] Since then, permaculture has become...

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