A white paper out Friday declares that \u0022there is hope right beneath our feet\u0022 to address the climate crisis as it touts regenerative agriculture as a \u0022win-win-win\u0022 solution to tackling runaway carbon emissions.\u0022Humans broke the planet with grave agricultural malpractice,\u0022 Tom Newmark, chairman of The Carbon Underground and a contributor to the research, said in a statement. \u0022With this white paper, Rodale Institute shows us how regenerative agriculture has the potential to repair that damage and actually reverse some of the threatening impacts of our climate crisis.\u0022\u0022This is a compelling call to action!\u0022 he added.Released by the Rodale Institute and entitled\u0026nbsp;Regenerative Agriculture and the Soil Carbon Solution (pdf), the white paper discusses how a transformation of current widespread agricultural practices—which now contribute indirectly and directly to the climate crisis—\u0022can be rolled out tomorrow providing multiple benefits beyond climate stabilization.\u0022The findings are based on Rodale\u0026#039;s own trials, research data, and interviews with experts, and build upon the institute\u0026#039;s 2014 paper Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming.The claim made in the new paper is bold: \u0022Data from farming and grazing studies show the power of exemplary regenerative systems that, if achieved globally, would drawdown more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions.\u0022Regenerative agriculture, as the researchers describe, represents \u0022a system of farming principles that rehabilitates the entire ecosystem and enhances natural resources, rather than depleting them.\u0022In contrast to industrial practices dependent upon monocultures, extensive tillage, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers, a regenerative approach uses, at minimum, seven practices which aim to boost biodiversity both above and underground and make possible carbon sequestration in soil.Diversifying crop rotationsPlanting cover crops, green manures, and perennialsRetaining crop residuesUsing natural sources of fertilizer, such as compostEmploying highly managed grazing and/or integrating crops and livestockReducing tillage frequency and depthEliminating synthetic chemicalsWhile passers-by may easily spot visual differences above ground between the divergent agricultural approaches, what\u0026#039;s happening below ground is also vital. From the paper:Contrary to previous thought, it\u0026#039;s not the recalcitrant plant material that persists and creates long-term soil carbon stores, instead it\u0026#039;s the microbes who process this plant matter that are most responsible for soil carbon sequestration. Stable soil carbon is formed mostly by microbial necromass (dead biomass) bonded to minerals (silt and clay) in the soil. Long term carbon storage is dependent on the protection of the microbially-derived carbon from decomposition.As for claims such as agricultural transformation wouldn\u0026#039;t be able to produce enough food, the paper counters: \u0022Actual yields in well-designed regenerative organic systems, rather than agglomerated averages, have been shown to outcompete conventional yields for almost all food crops including corn, wheat, rice, soybean, and sunflower.\u0022But that is far from the only benefit. \u0022When compared to conventional industrial agriculture,\u0022 the authors write, \u0022regenerative systems improve\u0022:Biodiversity abundance and species richnessSoil health, including soil carbonPesticide impacts on food and ecosystemsTotal farm outputsNutrient density of outputsResilience to climate shocksProvision of ecosystem servicesResource use efficiencyJob creation and farmworker welfareFarm profitabilityRural community revitalizationRather than framing it as a \u0022wake-up call,\u0022 the institute says the paper should be seen as an \u0022invitation to journey in a new direction.\u0022\u0022It is intended to be both a road map to change and a call to action to follow a new path,\u0022 the authors write. \u0022One led by science and blazed by farmers and ranchers across the globe.\u0022\u0022Together we both sound the alarm and proclaim the regenerative farming solution: It\u0026#039;s time to start our journey with a brighter future for our planet and ourselves as the destination,\u0022 the paper states.Resources accompanying the white paper include a sample letter to members of Congress to urge support for the Agriculture Resilience Act (H.R. 5861), introduced in February by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), and a \u0022buyer\u0026#039;s guide to regenerative food\u0022 to help decipher food labels and questions to ask suppliers at farmers\u0026#039; markets.\u0022A vast amount of data on the carbon sequestration potential of agricultural soils has been published, including from Rodale Institute, and recent findings are starting to reinforce the benefits of regenerative agricultural practices in the fight against the climate crisis,\u0022 said Dr. Andrew Smith, COO and chief scientist of Rodale Institute.