Why is Regenerative better than Organic?
We’ve come to think of organically grown food as the best for both people and the planet. So many of us are surprised to learn that we can—and should—set the bar even higher.
There’s no doubt that not using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides—which the organic certification does indicate—is a good thing. But the absence of chemicals alone does not guarantee that the farmer is improving the soil health, and therefore storing carbon in the soil, and therefore helping to stabilize the climate. There’s nothing inherent in the USDA Organic standards that requires soil regeneration.Read more
Rule of thumb:
Organic is better than conventional. But if you want your food (and clothing) to have a positive impact on the climate, look for regenerative.
Is there a “regenerative” or “carbon farmed” certification?
This has been a hot topic within the regenerative movement for a while. In September 2017, Rodale Institute revealed the draft standards for a new Regenerative Organic Certification, a cooperative effort among a coalition of farmers, ranchers, nonprofits, scientists and brands. When finalized, the new certification will go “beyond organic” in that it requires evidence of soil health, fair working conditions for farmers and farm workers, and animal health. It will help you, as the consumer, to make the best choices possible when buying food.
I’m having a hard time finding regeneratively produced goods
Regeneration is still a new frontier. The farms that have transitioned to regenerative growing practices, and the companies and brands that have committed themselves to regenerative supply chains, are a small minority. They are the early and courageous adopters — and so are you, to be even thinking about this!
The available selection of goods that are verifiably produced according to these very high standards of regenerative and climate-beneficial is small. It’s important to acknowledge that for quite some time, it won’t be possible to become 100% climate-beneficial in our purchasing choices.Read more
Three next steps: