The scoop on certifications and labels

Is there a “regeneratively grown” or “carbon farmed” certification or label?

The short answer: Not yet.

The longer answer: This a hot topic within the regenerative movement. Just as introducing the organic certification was a long process, a nation-wide or global regenerative label is going to take time to develop — not the least because it’s not easy to accurately measure soil carbon, and therefore the success of soil-based climate change mitigation in a particular place.

So, for the consumer, it’s still going to take some time before the “conventional” and “organic” stickers on your produce and labels on food packaging will be joined by a new “regenerative” label.

But here are some organizations working on some aspect of a “regenerative” certification:

  • The Carbon Underground is a non-profit exploring the possibility of creating such a certification. Read more >>
  • If you’re interested in following the conversation about the certification process, one place to do so is to plug in your email on this site maintained by Terra Genesis International.
  • In 2016, the Savory Institute rolled out its Land-to-Market initiative, which aims to establish an ecological verification protocol (mostly for grass-fed meat, dairy, and other livestock-based products)
  • Fibershed with its “Climate-Beneficial Wool” certification for fiber farmers who store carbon in the soil of their pasture
  • Vermont’s Regenerative Soils Act, introduced in 2017, will also be accompanied by a customer-facing label.