January 2019 ROC News

Winter on the ranch is a busy time. The new year has only just begun, but we've made tremendous progress in these first two weeks and are planning for the very busy months ahead. We are learning every day of the many opportunities to commune around regenerative organic practices. The ROC Participant Handbook and Certification Body Accreditation Handbook will be published on our website within weeks and will provide detailed guidance on the next steps to Regenerative Organic Certification.

Winter on the ranch is a busy time.

The new year has only just begun, but we’ve made tremendous progress in these first two weeks and are planning for the very busy months ahead. We are learning every day of the many opportunities to commune around regenerative organic practices. The ROC Participant Handbook and Certification Body Accreditation Handbook will be published on our website within weeks and will provide detailed guidance on the next steps to Regenerative Organic Certification.

The winter season brings ROC to panels at many conferences and trade shows. This week you’ll find us in Santa Fe at the winter conference for the Audubon’s Conservation Ranching program to learn more about how they are saving endangered grasslands through regenerative cattle ranching around the country. Next week, we’ll be at the Eco-Farm conference in Pacific Grove, a 40+ year beloved gathering for ecologically minded farmers in central California. Come visit our table in the exhibitors tent! In February,  we will be talking at the Yale Food Systems Symposium and at BioFach inNürnberg, Germany. Expo West promises to be extraordinary. Our colleagues from the Rodale Institute also have speaking engagements on the East Coast of the US and they will be representing and speaking about ROC as well. Many of these events are public, and we invite you to join us.

Have a beautiful January, and we look forward to seeing you on the Journey to Regenerative in 2019.

Elizabeth Whitlow
Executive Director, ROA

 


What is real?

Good question. What we do know is that climate change is real. And we do know that there are multiple organizations trying to reverse its course towards a more biodiverse and stable environment that is resilient, more equitable, and quite honestly, a better place to live. The process excites us, and we are up for the challenge.

The disastrous effects of climate change has been featured in the news prominently this year. At the same time, the potential to mitigate these effects with regenerative agriculture practices is truly gaining traction. There are many conversations happening in the organic and regenerative agriculture communities about the differences between certifications, certifying bodies, standards, and what they mean for who, from those who produce food to the consumer.

These projects do not defy each other but together support a cause to save this planet and create more access to nutritious food for more people. Max Goldberg of the Organic Insider has produced a wonderful synopsis of the difference between Real Organic Project (ROP) and Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC). We encourage you to get a premium membership and check it out.

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How to talk to your friends about it.

If you are getting this email, chances are, you know a lot about this movement. Many folks don’t, and they can get overwhelmed when they think they were doing “good” by buying organic, and now they have to learn something new altogether. Just this past week, a wonderful article has been published by Eater, and we think it’s a good one to share.

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