The Three Pillars Of Regenerative Organic Certification

Regenerative Organic Certified

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The goal of regenerative organic agriculture is to offer practical solutions to the world’s biggest social and ecological challenges. We’re beyond the point of sustainability and we need to regenerate the soil and land that supports us, the animals that nourish us, and the farmers and workers that feed us. There is a path forward and you can be part of the solution.

I believe in the need to improve the way we manage agricultural land and the people and animals that work on it in order to heal our planet.

Increase soil organic matter over time, and sequester carbon in the soil

Improve animal welfare

Provide economic stability and fairness for farmers, ranchers, and workers

By becoming an Ally, I/our company support the values and goals of Regenerative Organic Certification: to improve soil health and organic matter over time and sequester more carbon, to improve animal welfare, and to provide economic stability and fairness to farmers, ranchers and workers.

By becoming an Ally, I and/or my organization agrees to publicly support Regenerative Organic Certification and to let the Regenerative Organic Alliance make this commitment public on its website and in its communications, and I and/or my organization agrees to comply with the Terms of Use.

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OUR STORY

Regenerative Organic Certification builds upon the near 100-year legacy of organic movement visionaries like J. I. Rodale and Dr. Rudolf Steiner and provides stepwise guidance for farming and ranching operations, transportation, slaughter, and processing facilities that produce food, cosmetics, and fiber. It is essential to farm in a way that enriches rather than degrades the soil, and values animals and workers. Regenerative Organic Certification leverages existing highbar organic, animal welfare, and social fairness certifications, and includes additional regenerative requirements.

Photo credit: Keri Oberly

OUR STORY

Regenerative Organic Certification builds upon the near 100-year legacy of organic movement visionaries like J. I. Rodale and Dr. Rudolf Steiner and provides stepwise guidance for farming and ranching operations, transportation, slaughter, and processing facilities that produce food, cosmetics, and fiber. It is essential to farm in a way that enriches rather than degrades the soil, and values animals and workers. Regenerative Organic Certification leverages existing highbar organic, animal welfare, and social fairness certifications, and includes additional regenerative requirements.

Photo credit: Keri Oberly

Regenerative Organic Alliance

Regenerative Organic Certification was created by a coalition of like-minded farmers, ranchers, brands, non-profits, and other organizations who believed in the need for an all-encompassing regenerative certification. Led by the Rodale Institute, the Regenerative Organic Alliance will oversee Regenerative Organic Certification. Made up of experts in farming, ranching, soil health, animal welfare, and farmer and worker fairness, the Regenerative Organic Alliance will regularly reevaluate certification requirements and update the certification, as necessary. A list of the Regenerative Organic Alliance board members can be found here.

Photo credit: Keri Oberly

CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS

After publishing the first draft of the Regenerative Organic Certification framework in September 2017, the Regenerative Organic Alliance has received hundreds of comments from farmers, ranchers, certifiers, and other stakeholders in our agriculture and food system. We are now reviewing all of the feedback to update and refine the certification. In the coming months, we will share an updated version of Regenerative Organic Certification and begin launching pilot programs with producers, brands, and certifying bodies. Additionally, the Regenerative Organic Alliance is working with various outside parties to build educational and other tools to help producers incorporate regenerative organic practices into their operations, and to recruit other brands who are interested in committing to creating Regenerative Organic Certified™ products.

Photo credit: Keri Oberly

Building Off A Strong Foundation

Regenerative Organic Certification was created to leverage and bring together existing high-bar certifications in order to avoid duplicative audits or burdensome paperwork. With USDA Organic certification as a baseline, Regenerative Organic Certification recognizes the strong work already conducted by existing animal welfare and social fairness standard bodies, and therefore, leverages this work as part of the journey to Regenerative Organic Certification.

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Journey to Regenerative Organic Certification

We recommend incorporating Regenerative Organic Certification-specific soil health requirements and working with existing standard bodies in the animal welfare and farmer and worker fairness modules during the transitional process to organic. The journey to Regenerative Organic Certification will differ for each producer depending on their starting point, and the below roadmap is just one of many ways a producer can become Regenerative Organic Certified TM.

Regenerative Organic Certification Allies

As an Ally our company supports the values and goals of Regenerative Organic Certification: to improve soil health and organic matter over time and sequester more carbon, to improve animal welfare, and to provide economic stability and fairness to farmers, ranchers and workers.

Board Members of the Regenerative Organic Alliance

David Bronner Dr. Bronner’s

https://www.drbronner.com/

Paul Dolan Demeter

http://www.demeter-usa.org/

Leah Garces Compassion In World Farming

https://www.ciwf.org.uk/

Dana Geffner Fair World Project

http://fairworldproject.org/

Will Harris White Oak Pastures

http://www.whiteoakpastures.com

Rose Marcario Patagonia

http://www.patagonia.com/home/

Jeff Moyer (Chair) Rodale

https://rodaleinstitute.org/

LaRhea Pepper Textile Exchange

http://textileexchange.org/

David Vetter Grain Place

http://grainplacefoods.com/

Press

"A New Food Label is Coming Soon and It Goes ‘Beyond Organic’"

"Can American soil be brought back to life?"

"Already Shopping Organic? This Is The Next Step"

"A Better Farming Strategy for the Planet Regenerative Agriculture"

"New Certification Aims to Make Organic Regenerative"

"Organic, Regenerative, Local: Food that Fights Climate Change"

"Rodale Institute Unveils Regenerative Organic Certification"

"Patagonia helps pioneer regenerative organic certification"

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