Large scale monocultures, the use of industrial inputs in farming and mechanization have been the basis of food production in countries around the world for years. With the green revolution, we gained scale, professionalism and precision agriculture. But, unfortunately, the extremes of this model of agriculture and its impacts are reflected today on a global scale.
The planet is losing its biodiversity at an alarming rate. About 50% of all wildlife has been extinct in the last 40 years. This and many other environmental indicators - such as greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, soil impoverishment - point to a current global environmental and food crisis, as well as the need to invest in more sustainable agricultural practices. The abundance of natural resources and its 280 million hectares of productive area places Brazil in a privileged position when it comes to regenerative agriculture.
Within this context, the country, considered one of the largest breadbaskets in the world, presents a high potential to scale integrated systems that regenerate the health of the planet through agricultural activity.
Rizoma is a regenerative agriculture production company. We are inspired by the intelligence of nature to develop integrated farming systems that produce food in an efficient, profitable and beneficial way to the planet. This way of doing agriculture promotes the regeneration and high productivity not only of plantations, but of the entire food production system, taking into account environmental, economic, social and ethical values.
We are at the beginning of a new revolution, the brown revolution, which comes from the soil. Regenerative agriculture focuses on a more efficient and productive cultivation of the land, taking advantage and preserving all its riches. By sequestering higher levels of carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil, it improves the quantity of organic matter, thus improving its fertility, texture and water retention, and favoring the existence of trillions of organisms that give health and protection to plants and its roots.
Well-treated soils result in increasingly robust, productive and pest-resistant crops that reduce or even eliminating the use of chemical additives, resulting in increasingly whole and diverse foods.
In the first phase of our operation, we are managing two farms: Rizoma Zero (Toca Farm) and Rizoma One, both in the state of São Paulo. With integrated systems of agroforestry and intensive silvopasture already implemented, we cultivate mainly biodynamic lemon, organic corn, non-GMO soybeans and livestock.VIEW FARMS
We are driven by the urgency of environmental issues and a disruptive business opportunity. Our mission is to take this model of agriculture to large scale in Brazil, regenerating 1 million hectares of land in the country. In 2018, we created an investment fund to attract Brazilian and international investors who want to invest in natural assets and in a highly profitable business with environmental and social impact.
We invest in the research and development of agroecological practices on a commercial scale, as well as actively participate in the education of the next generation of agronomists, foresters and farmers. Our team works in collaboration with external stakeholders to make our systems feasible and accessible to academic institutions and to large and small farmers. All innovation and technology developed by Rizoma is open source and is readily available to those who, like us, want to regenerate the health of the planet through food production.