Forum for the Future and the Walmart Foundation are working together to explore the potential of regenerative agriculture in the United States.

Why we're working together

Agriculture sits at the heart of some of the world’s most pressing challenges: climate change, food security and nutrition, water quality, biodiversity, ecosystem services and more. The Nature Conservancy estimates that the US loses 996 million metric tons of soil through erosion and the societal and environmental costs of mainstream agriculture cost around $85 billion every year.

Agriculture is responsible for 8-10% of US greenhouse gas emissions, driving climate change that is expected to reduce the yield and protein value of staple crops.

If we’re to create a more sustainable future, business as usual is no longer an option for farmers, business or governments.

Instead, the idea of regenerative agriculture (an approach to farming that puts more back into the environment and society than it takes out) is gaining traction and has huge potential to improve livelihoods, enhance food security and water quality, and restore soil health.

But what does this mean for the United States’ agriculture system? How is it already changing and how can people across multiple sectors and industries work together effectively to drive change?

What we’re doing

With support from the Walmart Foundation, we’re exploring all this and more.

We know that momentum is building around regenerative agriculture in the US, with increasing numbers of initiatives and investment since 2016. 

But too often, activities are fragmented and isolated, with little shared understanding of what is needed to drive long-lasting, transformative change.

Through a series of workshops and interviews, Forum is bringing together key players from across the US to identify the key barriers and opportunities to scaling regenerative agriculture.

Our goal is to create a coherent, systemic approach to driving action on the ground – ultimately driving multiple benefits across multiple systems to transform the way in which we produce food. 

Findings from the project will be published in May/June 2020.

Partner since November 2019
Page last updated May 2020