Why this is relevant
Soil is the earth’s fragile skin that anchors the basis of our life. Increased demand for agriculture commodities generates soil degradation beyond the soil’s ability to maintain itself. A new paradigm in agriculture that combines soil restoration, biodiversity, water circulation and productivity for food production is urgently needed.
Perennial plant communities are one key integral part of regenerative agriculture. They have a potential to support:
- Soil regeneration
- Healthy water cycles
- Resilient decentral food systems
Perennial vegetables for food system resilience
Only 12 plant species (and 5 animal species) account for 70% of total nutrition (ProSpezieRara Germany 2014). There is a huge untapped potential of perennial vegetables to support food diversity and resilient food systems.
Cattail, Welsh Onion, Alpine garlic, Caucasian spinach, Udo, Large-leaf Hosta, Daylily, Greater Sea Kale, American hog-peanut, Judas Tree and many, many more wait to be explored.