#Netflix feature review: Down to Earth – Episode 2 (Regenerative agriculture)

Zac is back, road-tripping across Australia to explore the country’s landscape, wildlife, and sustainable sectors. BiobiN was originally founded in Australia in response to the growing need to recycle the large amounts of organic and wet materials being sent to landfill. The country has a large agricultural sector, and therefore an efficient, sustainable and scalable organic waste management solution was needed. This was where BiobiN was born.

In episode two, Zac Efron and fellow team crew member Darin Olien visit Australia’s countryside at two farms that have been successfully built on principles of regenerative agriculture and run very profitable businesses.

The episode kicks off by highlighting three key principles of regenerative agriculture:

  1. No chemicals or pesticides
  2. No tilling, minimum soil disturbance
  3. Crop diversity and cover crops

All three principles come down to one goal, conserving the soil. 

The first farm they visit, Jonai Farms, is 62 acres of highly productive farmland sustained through crop rotation, livestock rotation, and putting carbon back into the soil through composting. Their principle is, ‘take care of the soil, and it will take care of you’. The founders of Jonai Farms only employ four people as the farm is self-sustaining and requires much less manual labour compared to a traditional farm. To pass on knowledge around regenerative agriculture, the founders host classes to share their knowledge on farming in this way.

The second place they visit is a zero-net emissions bed and breakfast, and award-winning restaurant, Brae. This establishment has achieved this status from an entirely organic farm that operates on the same principles of regenerative agriculture. The owner and chef has also implemented on-site composting to ensure that all organic waste goes back into the soil. A key highlight of this segment is the realisation that organically grown food harvested seasonally is healthier for you and tastes a lot better.

To better understand regenerative agriculture and to see the possibilities of this sustainable farming practice, we recommend that you tune into episode two of Down to Earth. Enjoy!

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