From Soil To Skin: Why Eminence Organics Uses Regenerative Farming Practices
At Eminence Organic Skin Care, we’ve always known that nourishing your skin starts with the seed. Eminence Organics has prided itself on practicing green initiatives that reduce the company’s carbon footprint since its inception in 1958, long before the word “organic” became commonplace. You may be familiar with our commitment to using natural, organic ingredients, but we’ve also always used regenerative farming to cultivate a richer, healthier earth. Regenerative agriculture is a promising approach that focuses on enhancing and sustaining the farm’s entire ecosystem, particularly soil health. Join us in exploring why we are at the forefront of this eco-friendly movement.
What Is Regenerative Farming?
While regenerative farming has only recently gained widespread attention, it has deep historical roots. This method incorporates techniques such as rotating crops, applying natural compost, and supporting a varied ecosystem. It’s a way of farming that cares for the Earth just as much as it cares for the crops it produces.
While regenerative farming nourishes the earth and promotes healthy crop growth, it also addresses a broader environmental challenge: The critical task of reducing its carbon footprint. The agricultural sector, including forestry and other land use, accounts for nearly 25% of all human-made greenhouse gas emissions, with CO2 being the primary contributor to climate change. However, agriculture is also positioned to help resolve this crisis by creating a sustainable, carbon pollution-free future. This might seem contradictory, but as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change explains, utilizing agriculture’s mitigation potential is essential for emission reduction. A promising approach is regenerative agriculture, which focuses on improving and sustaining the farm’s entire ecosystem, particularly soil health.
Regenerative farming, though recently gaining widespread attention, has deep historical roots. Traditionally, farmers instinctively used methods that honored and preserved the earth’s natural balance. This approach lost prominence with the Industrial Revolution, which modernized agriculture but at the cost of environmental health. Now there’s been a resurgence in regenerative farming, highlighting its increasing relevance and necessity in contemporary agriculture. Let’s examine the key differences between regenerative farming, known for its use of natural fertilizers and soil-enriching compost, and the methods used in conventional farming.
Regenerative Farming Vs. Conventional Farming
In the world of farming, traditional, regenerative techniques are making a major resurgence. So, what’s the difference?
- Incorporates natural and organic fertilizers
- Includes compost, which fortifies soil
- Implements gentle tilling when necessary
- Maintains weed cover
- Uses crop rotation
- Champions biodiversity
- Relies on synthetic pesticides and fertilizers
- Rarely includes compost
- Requires/ Uses frequent tilling
- Removes weeds
- Uses monoculture or polyculture
- Focuses on high-crop yield
Our Regenerative Farming Mission
From the beginning, the Eminence Certified Organic Farm, nestled between the Danube and Tisza rivers, has been committed to regenerative farming. Our farmers practice crop rotation and natural composting and encourage biodiversity, which revitalizes the land. These techniques ensure the ingredients used in our products are grown in a way that is both environmentally sustainable and supportive of the local ecosystem.
Regenerative Farming Techniques We Love
An all-natural way to fertilize! We let our organic waste break down into nutritious compost that can be added back to the soil.
Winter Weed Cover
Weeds aren’t all bad. Winter weed cover provides nutrients for spring crops and helps soil retain water.
A different field is given time to rest each season, allowing the soil time to replenish much-needed nutrients.
Each season, a different field is given time to rest, allowing the soil time to replenish much-needed nutrients.
We place plants near their friends! Consider planting bug-repelling calendula near bug attractants like tomatoes to provide natural protection.
Enhanced Soil Quality
With minimal tilling and enriching nutrients, regenerative farming enhances soil quality, leading to healthier, nutrient-rich crops at the Eminence Certified Organic Farm.
Improved Water Conservation
Efficient water use is a hallmark of regenerative farming. Techniques reduce water usage, enhance soil water retention and minimize harmful runoff.
Diversity in Ecosystems
Crop rotation and pesticide avoidance foster a variety of plant life and support local wildlife, promoting balanced ecosystems and cleaner air.
Addressing Climate Change
Our dedication to nature goes hand in hand with our commitment to planet Earth. Regenerative farming plays a crucial role in capturing carbon emissions and fostering the growth of robust crops, significantly contributing to climate change mitigation.
Eminence’s farm is part of a global network of sustainable farms, contributing to new economic opportunities and ecological restoration.
We’re committed to finding organic, Earth-friendly solutions in every aspect of our business. You can learn more about our green initiatives here. What things do you like to do to help the planet? Let us know in the comments below or chat with us on social media.