Pioneering Projects

 

In line with our mission to expand the reach and impact of regenerative agriculture, we partner with aligned groups and undertake pioneering projects exploring system transformation towards a food system where people, land and animals truly flourish. 

We work with a variety of groups from across the agri-food sector including NGO's, Policy makers, Universities, Retailers, Food Producers and Restaurants. With these partners, we design and deliver bespoke research and development projects with an aim to expand understanding of and improve implementation and uptake of regenerative food systems. 

 

Breed Sovereignty Project

Our flagship project "Regenerative trait selection / breed sovereignty" project [project name still in development!] looks to explore and promote the role of diverse livestock trait selection in successful regenerative farming systems. 

The genetic traits of the majority of livestock are typically held and developed by very few, very large breeding companies. This has resulted in only a handful of breeds forming the majority of livestock that we farm globally, selected with productivity as a primary goal. Selection for these highly productive animals has often resulted in poor animal health, poor environmental health, and poor social outcomes. Furthermore, when placed into a system that is not reliant on supporting inputs (e.g. without high levels of antibiotics or a soy-based diet) these animals may not thrive. 

Taking a regenerative approach to trait selection requires consideration of the entire context in which animals are produced, beyond productivity alone. 

Through a series of interviews this project is exploring and assimilating the approach that current regenerative practitioners are taking in ensuring the correct traits are selected for their system. The project is also exploring gaps in knowledge and resource regarding trait selection with an aim to fufil these gaps in future phases of the project. 

The breed sovereignty project is supported by sankalpa

 

If you are interested in partnering with us, if you would like to be involved with or support one of our current projects directly, or if you think we could help with your research needs please get in contact.