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Regenerative Agriculture Predicted to Be One of the Top Food Trends for 2020

Oct. 23, 2019
By Lisa Anderson

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Regenerative agri­cul­ture — an approach that is increas­ingly being uti­lized in the olive indus­try — was listed as one of the top ten most antic­i­pated and inno­v­a­tive food trends for 2020 by the U.S. multi­na­tional super­mar­ket chain Whole Foods Market ear­lier this week.

This annual report is com­piled by a group of more than 50 Whole Foods team mem­bers, such as regional and inter­na­tional buyers as well as culi­nary experts. The team stud­ies con­sumer pref­er­ences when doing their research.

Regenerative agri­cul­ture, which is a con­ser­va­tion and reha­bil­i­ta­tion approach to agri­cul­ture, has been used ten­ta­tively in U.S. olive groves and on a wider scale in Andalusia, Spain. In Andalusia, this approach reduced soil ero­sion by 95 per­cent in some olive groves.

Another ben­e­fit of this approach that focuses on top­soil gen­er­a­tion, is that it lowers soil tem­per­a­ture, which cre­ates a non-opti­mal envi­ron­ment for cer­tain pests. In addi­tion, it reduces water evap­o­ra­tion and field run-off that could con­t­a­m­i­nate water sup­plies.