Conscious consumers won’t have to wait much longer for clear guidance on how to buy food and other products that are not only certified organic, but also certified regenerative.
The Rodale Institute on Wednesday, September 13, unveiled draft standards for a new Regenerative Organic Certification, developed by Rodale and a coalition of farmers, ranchers, nonprofits, scientists, and brands.
When finalized, the certification will go “beyond organic” by establishing higher standards for soil health and land management, animal welfare and farmer and worker fairness.
OCA and our Regeneration International project, fully embrace this new venture to make organic more climate friendly, humane, just and environmentally positive. As we’ve said before, when it comes to food and farming—and as we veer toward climate catastrophe—“sustainable” doesn’t cut it anymore.
And certified USDA organic, though far better than GMO, chemical and energy-intensive agriculture, doesn't go quite far enough.
It’s time to recognize that regeneration, not "sustainable," is the next stage of organic food and farming—and civilization. And that organic is good, but organic plus regenerative is better.
This new Organic Regenerative Certification will help consumers identify those products that not only nourish their bodies, but also the planet.