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Uniting agriculture and conservation.

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Global Roots promotes regenerative, equitable, and nutritious plant-based food systems around the world by modeling agricultural conservation projects, partnering with organizations around the world to implement whole systems change and by providing on the ground education programs.

Model conservation projects and community land trusts

Education programs inspiring tangible solutions and projects

Theory of Change

Objectives

  • Expand areas under conservation through a commons approach

  • Increase education and awareness regarding potentials of transitioning from livestock systems, commons and community governance, and emerging models of commoning

  • Transition inefficiently used farmland from speculative markets to commons with no reductions to food production

  • Establish worker owned cooperatives and community land trusts

While conceptually it might be easy to understand the potential benefits of transitioning away from livestock based agriculture towards plant-based systems for mitigating climate change and environmental degradation, saving biodiversity, and improving global health standards, it is hard to imagine how this transition might play out in today’s world given economic and political constraints as well as current understandings of private land ownership. Before working towards large scale land use transitions necessary to save biodiversity alive today, it will be necessary to rethink fundamental relations to land and humanity's role in the larger biosphere.

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Global Roots Role

  • In person educational experiences on-site and at the RAICES Institute

  • Financial and technical support for establishing community land trusts and farmer owned cooperatives

  • Material and technical support for rewilding from on-site nursery 

  • Peer-to-peer networking and coalition building support between projects and organizations

  • Production of educational content and guides for tangible projects

Global Roots is raising funds for a model project. 

Plant-based Conservation Potential

Livestock-Based Agriculture

Rewilded Commons
 

Ninety-five percent of land used for livestock production could be rewilded to support biodiversity without reducing food supply.

  • Rewilded areas overseen by local stakeholders organized within a community trust.

  • Successional plantings providing ecological and economic benefits.

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Plant-based agricultural systems require significantly less land than livestock-based systems. A global transition to plant-based agriculture would free over a third  of all habitable land for conservation without reducing food production. This shift 

Plant-Based Agriculture

 

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equates to an area larger than the combined landmass of China, Australia, the European Union, and the continental United States.

Nutrition and Conservation

Conservationists and regenerative agriculture organizations continue to support livestock production due to an inadequate understanding of nutrition and the relationship between animal products and chronic diseases. This disconnect hampers the potential for whole food, plant-based diets to prevent and reverse a wide range of chronic diseases while limiting a critical avenue for increasing conservation. 

 

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” 


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The RAICES Institute 

Global Roots partnered with the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and RAICES Global to form the RAICES Institute. The institute works to integrate agriculture, nutrition, and conservation in ways that value both human and planetary health. Click below to read more about the RAICES Institute and to learn more about educational opportunities hosted at the RAICES Education center.

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RAICES Global
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