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Soil Wealth: Land Investors Are Betting on Biodiversity

Soil Wealth: Land Investors Are Betting on Biodiversity

The quality and integrity of the land is a vital and integral part of the agriculture industry. The health of soil is a primary concern to farmers whose livelihoods depend on well-managed agriculture that starts with the dirt beneath our feet. Farmers and ranchers strive to ensure the longevity of their resources and believe a healthy farm system leads to a healthy food supply. Oftentimes, this means helping restore soil ecosystems or making repairs to a disturbed landscape. This is where the agricultural practice called revegetation comes in. Thousands of farmers have embraced this regenerative practice, which is used throughout areas that have seen damage due to urbanization, invasive weed species, mining, or other degradation like drought, flooding, or erosion. Revegetation is bringing biodiversity back to native soils, and here’s how it can also bring diversity to your land investment portfolio.

Sustaining a Vital Ecosystem

Soil is home to living and non-living matter, microorganisms, insects, and also houses gasses, liquids, and minerals. Revegetation restores this ecosystem following disturbances to the land by adding nutrients back to the soil. People use revegetation to repair damage caused by natural disasters such as floods and wildfires and for manmade damage such as mining. Revegetation enables the soil to restore its fertility and regain nutrients.

Impact on Global Landscape

Revegetation brings a positive impact, not only to agriculture, but also to the planet. This purposeful process has a number of benefits including:

  • Re-establishing a natural habitat for native wildlife species
  • Slowing down carbon buildup in the atmosphere through the partnership of revegetation and reforestation
  • Restoring soil fertility
  • Providing shade and shelter for livestock and crops
  • Reducing land degradation such as erosion and maintaining and improving water quality

Growing Your Wealth with Soil Health

In 2019, a team of researchers from Croatan Institute, Delta Institute, and the Organic Agriculture Revitalization Strategy (OARS) released a detailed report for investors, agriculturalists, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs. The report, Soil Wealth: Investing in Regenerative Agriculture across Asset Classes, highlighted 127 investments totaling $321.1 billion that exclusively integrated sustainable food and agriculture in their investment processes, with 70 of those strategies having combined assets of $47.5 billion, including regenerative agricultural criteria in their investment strategy as well. Investing in regenerative agriculture can help provide opportunities for farmers to improve soil health and help build the wealth of the rural community.

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Harvest Returns

Harvest Returns, an online crowdfunding marketplace for agricultural investments that launched in 2017, helps people invest in farmland and other agriculture investments. With as little as $5,000, investors are able to own interests in farms and farmland, timberland, or orchards in different parts of the world, each with their own risk/return profile. Landowners and sophisticated investors are familiar with the benefits of investing in agriculture. Now there are ways for the average American to put a portion of their investment portfolio towards agriculture, arguably, the world’s most important industry.

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