No. Rodale Institute Approved is not another certification, and it’s different than the Regenerative Organic Certification recently launched by the Regenerative Organic Alliance, of which Rodale Institute is a founding member.
How are they different? Regenerative Organic Certification is a rigorous, high-bar standard for farms and producers who can show that their practices meet a number of stringent criteria for land, animal, and social health. This certification requires an annual inspection and audit. You can read the full ROC framework at RegenOrganic.org.
The Rodale Institute Approved label is awarded to select certified organic brands. They may not be eligible for the full Regenerative Organic Certification yet, but they have proven their commitment to regenerative organic agriculture and are going above and beyond in their sourcing and farming practices. A portion of the proceeds of Rodale Institute Approved products also support Rodale Institute’s mission.