We go deeper into the questions of WHY and HOW new or established farmers adopt an agro-ecological approach in our work on "Paradigms and Pathways" (in development).
Dr Charles Massy found in his PHD research that farmers who make large practice shifts often do so after a re-evaluation following a major life event that makes continuing the old way difficult or impossible (natural disaster; health issue). Gosnell et al. (2019) asks how might we "induce" epiphanies that initiate change to regenerative agriculture rather than rely on enforced epiphanies. This is a fundamentally important area for future research.