1st Edition

Regenerative Farming and Sustainable Diets Human, Animal and Planetary Health

Edited By Joyce D'Silva, Carol McKenna Copyright 2025
    294 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    294 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book makes the case for an urgent move away from industrial agriculture towards regenerative farming and the promotion of plant-based diets.

    How we produce, distribute and consume food are critical issues for the health and well-being of humans, animals and the environment. In order to develop a sustainable food system, this book argues for a radical change in farming and food consumption. Containing contributions from world renowned experts, the book promotes regenerative farming as the means to preserve planetary health, establish sustainable, healthy and secure diets and safeguard the welfare of animals. Chapters discuss broad ranging issues from climate change and biodiversity conservation to animal sentience and intensive farming, and the role of financial markets and food businesses. The book concludes with chapters discussing the routes in policy and practice to transforming the food system and achieving real-world change.

    This book is a must read for students, scholars and policymakers interested in establishing sustainable farming and food systems, for human health, animal welfare and environmental protection.



    List of Contributors

    List of figures


    Introduction: Extinction or Regeneration? Humanity has the choice - Joyce D’Silva and Carol McKenna


    Part 1: The Urgency of Food Systems Change

    1.     Why our Children’s Future Depends on a Global Agreement on Food, Climate, and Animal Welfare - Philip Lymbery


    2.     Addressing Power and Poverty in a Crisis-Prone Food System - Olivier De Schutter, Chantal Wei-Ying Clément and Nick Jacobs


    3.     Accelerating the SDGs: The Opportunity of Agrifood Systems Transformation - Stefanos Fotiou and Rathana Peou Norbert-Munns


    4.     Food Systems Futures and How to Achieve Them - Tim Benton


    5.     Preventing and Preparing for Pandemics: Why Food Systems Must Transform - Melissa Leach


    Part 2: Planetary Health

    6.     The Global Food System Can and Must Be Transformed to Respect Planetary Boundaries - Katherine Richardson and Jakob Fritzbøger Christensen


    7.     Regenerative Management of Agroecosystem Soils to Minimise Extinction Risks and for Climate and Food Security - Rattan Lal



    Part 3: Human Health and Sustainable Diets


    8.     Eating Plant-Based for Better Health - Shireen Kassam


    9.     Intensive Farming and the Antibiotic-Resistance Crisis - Cóilín Nunan


    10.    Transforming Chinese Agrifood Systems to Achieve Sustainable Healthy Diets - Shenggen Fan and Xiaolong Feng


    11.   The Environmental Benefits of Vegan Pet Food - Andrew Knight


    Part 4: Animal Health and Welfare


    12.   One Biology, Sustainable and Regenerative Farming: A Role for Pig and Poultry production? - Don Broom


    13.   Understanding Sentient Minds, Darwin, Humpty Dumpty and the Buddha - John Webster


    14.   Culture in Sentient Beings - Purpose, Evolution, Conservation - Carl Safina


    Part 5: Regenerative Farming and Agroecology – the Future of Farming


    15.   Compassion - the Foundation of Regenerative Farming - Vandana Shiva


    16.   Regenerating Agriculture Ecosystems and Climate - André Leu


    17.   Achieving a Peaceful and Verdant Future - a Farmer’s Perspective - Seth Watkins


    18.   How Agroecology is Mitigating the Worst Effects of Climate Change in Tanzania - Janet Maro


    19.   Can Dairy Farming be Part of the Solution? - David Finlay


    20.   Poultry-Centred Regenerative Agriculture - Tree- range® Chicken Farming - Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin


    21.   Regenerative farming without farmed animals - Amir Kassam and Laila Kassam


    22.   Aquaculture must be part of the shift towards regenerative farming - Natasha Boyland and Elena Lara


    Part 6: Routes to Food Systems Transformation


    Changing the financial architecture


    23.   Countering Corporate and Financial Concentration in the Global Food System - Jennifer Clapp


    24.   Global Economic Benefits of Eating Better - Steven Lord, Benjamin Bodirsky, Debbora Leip, Hermann Lotze-Campen and Michael Crawford


    25.   Shifting Bank Funding away from Factory Farming - Peter Stevenson


    Changing food business


    26.   Putting Sentience into Food Policy - Henry Dimbleby


    27.   The Role of Business in a Food System Fit for the Future - Tracey Jones and Laura Strangeway


    28.   Food as the Problem, Food as the Solution - James Bailey


    29.   Holistic Frameworks for Sustainability in Food and Farming - Lesley Mitchell, Fabia Bromovsky, Richard Kipling and Emily Lewis-Brown


    Changing Minds to Change Policies

    30.   What is Needed for Transformation? - Molly Anderson 


    31.   The Earth will Tell us - Ruud Zanders


    32.   How to Achieve National Plant-Based Policies – the Case of Denmark - Rune-Christoffer Dragsdahl


    33.   The Conscious Food Systems Alliance - Inner Capacities for Regenerative Food Systems - Thomas Legrand and Noemi Altobelli


    34.   Native American Regenerative Food and Land Management Systems - Lyla June Johnston



    Conclusion: Moving from extinction to securing regeneration: the mission of a movement - Joyce D’Silva and Carol McKenna




    Joyce D’Silva is Ambassador Emeritus for Compassion in World Farming and its former CEO. She has Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Keele and Winchester. She is author of Animal Welfare in World Religion: Teaching and Practice (Routledge 2023), rated a “powerful book” (Christiana Figueres) and “profoundly thought-provoking” (Joanna Lumley).


    Carol McKenna is Special Advisor to Compassion in World Farming’s Global CEO. Carol organised the Extinction and Regeneration Conference on which this book is based (www.extinctionconference.com) and is Trustee of the Eating Better Alliance (www.eating-better.org) and co-editor of Farming Food and Nature: Respecting Animals, People and the Environment (Routledge 2018).


    “Broken food systems are not inevitable. They are the result of choices we have made. There is more than enough food in the world to go around. More than enough money to fund efficient and sustainable food systems to feed the world, while supporting decent work for those who grow the food we eat.”

    António GuterresSecretary General, United Nations