Despite recent news that studies show organic food is worse for the environment due to land-use concerns, real organic farming is based on regenerative principles. Researchers at the Rodale Institute have shown that if all farms and ranches used regenerative organic techniques (practices premised on supporting soil health), global carbon emissions could be captured in the soil. The positive impact this would have on climate change cannot be overstated.
Several companies, including Patagonia and Dr. Bronner’s, have teamed up with other allies from the Regenerative Organic Alliance. The focus of the program and their eventual add-on label, Regenerative Organic Certification, is said to be: soil health, animal welfare, and social fairness for farmers. ROC-certified products are expected to be publicly available by 2020.
Cornucopia will continue to advocate for policies and consumer support of family-scale farmers that use practices that support the health of the planet. Consumers can vote with their forks by choosing organic food from real organic farmers using regenerative practices.
Reckless farming is destroying the planet. This could save it
by Rose Marcario and David Bronner for CNN Business Perspectives
Editor’s Note: Rose Marcario is the president and CEO of Patagonia. David Bronner is the CEO of Dr. Bronner’s. The opinions expressed in this commentary are their own.
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