Regenerative Organic Certification

Regenerative Organic Certification

Launch of the Regenerative Organic Certification Pilot Program: Program & Participants

The Regenerative Organic Alliance is excited to kick off the Regenerative Organic Certification Pilot Program, and we are thrilled at the overwhelming number of brands, farmers, and organizations that applied for the pilot program. With over 80 organizations submitting an application, the pilot was oversubscribed and unfortunately could not support everyone who wanted to participate, but we were pleased to see your support and enthusiasm for the Regenerative Organic Certification. The organizations selected represent a diverse set of producers with a variety of operation sizes, geographies, crop types and animals, and various levels of certification.

Learn more about the Regenerative Organic Certification Pilot Program.

Rodale Institute has pioneered regenerative organic agriculture since our founder, J.I. Rodale, wrote "Healthy Soil=Healthy Food=Healthy People" on a chalkboard back in 1942. His son, Robert Rodale, coined the term 'regenerative organic agriculture' to distinguish a kind of farming that goes beyond simply 'sustainable.' To us, that always meant agriculture improving the resources it uses, rather than destroying or depleting them. It is a holistic systems approach to farming that encourages continual innovation for environmental, social, economic and spiritual wellbeing.

Today, we're proud to announce the new Regenerative Organic Certification, a cooperative effort among a coalition of farmers, ranchers, nonprofits, scientists, and brands, led by Rodale Institute, to establish a new, high-bar standard for regenerative organic agriculture. Owned by this coalition, the NSF International is facilitating the public comments process and is open to many certification partners. The standard encompasses guidelines for soil health and land management, animal welfare, and farmer and worker fairness. 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.

The goals of Regenerative Organic Certification are to increase soil organic matter over time, improve animal welfare, provide economic stability and fairness for farmers, ranchers, and workers, and create resilient regional ecosystems and communities.

The environmental outcomes of a systemic shift to regenerative organic agricultural practices could be profound. In 2014, research by Rodale Institute estimated that if current crop acreage and pastureland shifted to regenerative organic practices, 100% of annual global CO2 emissions could be sequestered in the soil.

Regenerative Organic Certification does not aim to supplant current organic standards. Instead, this certification aims to support these standards while at the same time facilitate widespread adoption of holistic, regenerative practices throughout agriculture. It builds upon the standards set forth by USDA Organic and similar programs internationally, particularly in the areas of animal welfare and farmer and worker fairness.

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Three Pillars Of Regenerative Organic Certification

Soil Health

• Builds Soil Organic Matter
• Conservation Tillage
• Cover Crops
• Crop Rotations
• No GMOs or Gene Editing
• No Soilless Systems
• No Synthetic Inputs
• Promotes Biodiversity
• Rotational Grazing

Animal Welfare

• Five Freedoms
– Freedom from discomfort
– Freedom from fear & distress
– Freedom from hunger
– Freedom from pain, injury or disease
– Freedom to express normal behavior
• Grass-Fed / Pasture-Raised
• Limited Transport
• No CAFOs
• Suitable Shelter

Social Fairness

• Capacity Building
• Democratic Organizations
• Fair Payments for Farmers
• Freedom of Association
• Good Working Conditions
• Living Wages
• Long Term Commitments
• No Forced Labor
• Transparency and Accountability

If you’re interested in the pilot program, please submit your information below:

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

Paul Dolan

Leah Garces
Compassion In World Farming

Dana Geffner
Fair World Project

Will Harris
White Oak Pastures

Rose Marcario

Jeff Moyer (Chair)
Rodale Institute 

LaRhea Pepper
Textile Exchange

David Vetter
Grain Place