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This New Food Label Goes Beyond 'Organic' To Ensure Land And Animal Safety

By Tessa Love

In the aisles of your typical grocery store, we know that "certified organic" is about as good as it gets. But a new certification aims to go beyond organic and provide eco-conscious foodies with an even better standard: Regenerative Organic Certification.

The new certification is led by Rodale Institute, as board chair and spearheaded by Dr. Bronner’s and Patagonia in the areas of farming, ranching, soil health, animal welfare, and farmer and worker fairness. Their latest initiative is the culmination of decades of study around "regenerative" agriculture, or farming that goes beyond being simply sustainable to actually improving the resources it uses rather than destroying or depleting them. The certification will debut at Natural Products Expo West 2018. 

“Industrial agriculture and the factory farming of animals are top contributors to climate change, but these are also two practices that we can comprehensively improve through specific ecological and ethical approaches to farming. And that model, regenerative organic agriculture will bring real, immediate results,” said David Bronner, Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) of Dr. Bronner’s. “It’s imperative we act now to mitigate climate change. We need to shift our food production system to make regenerative organic agriculture the new model, both locally and globally.”