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.

     

    Acknowledgements

    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

     

    Index

    Biography

    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