Considered the next level of organic farming, regenerative organic farming has been done for millennia, but has been rediscovered for its revolutionary ability to help reduce climate change. Discover how investing in regenerative organic agriculture brings Nature's Path closer to our goal of building a food movement that helps to heal the soil, land, water, and air.
It is based on three pillars: a high standard of land management that focuses directly on practices that help sequester carbon in soil, the welfare of farm animals, and fairness for farmers and workers. This practice aims at pulling even more carbon from the atmosphere by using very specific farming techniques. For farms to receive Regenerative Organic Certification*(ROC) they have to apply to the Regenerative Organic alliance (ROA), and be inspected to the ROC standard.
Regenerative Organic Agriculture is important because sustaining current forms of agricultural practices is not enough to regenerate soils beyond their current condition. We must focus on regenerative organic practices that heal and enrich the soil that supports us. It is this kind of soil that is able to capture carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it in the ground, helping to reverse climate change. More than ever, farmers have an important role to play in fighting climate change, and we must support them.
Through the Regenerative Organic Oats Program, first of its kind in Canada, and in partnership with Canadian Organic Growers, Nature's Path donates $100,000 annually to assist organic oat farmers in accessing personalized training around best regenerative organic practices in the field with an eye toward building farmer resiliency against climate change.
Enrolled farmers are fully supported with regenerative organic training courses, individualized farm management coaching, equipment and infrastructure planning, and a farmer-to-farmer network, which facilitates knowledge-transfer and fosters continuing improvement.
When possible, Nature's Path purchases oats from these same farmers, ensuring nutrient dense ingredients and products for our consumers as well as supply chain transparency.
Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) products contain ingredients that have been grown in a way that promotes biodiversity and prioritizes the well-being of growers and producers. The certification was developed in 2017 by the Regenerative Organic Alliance and signifies an even more positive impact on the planet than standard organic farming practices.
While organic farming forgoes the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), regenerative organic farming goes a step further, adhering to an even higher standard of land management that sequesters carbon into the soil. Regenerative organic farming takes a holistic farming approach which includes heavy use of compost, biological pest control, non-GMO seeds, crop rotation and cover crops. It helps protect biodiversity, draws carbon from the atmosphere and actually works to reverse climate change (yes, really!).
When you purchase ROC products, you’re using your dollars to help fight climate change and social injustice. As you sit down to consume one of our regenerative organic certified foods, you can be confident that one (or more) of the ingredients was grown using farming methods that help heal the planet, while also respecting animals and farmers. You can feel proud that you are joining a global movement that is creating long-term solutions to the climate crisis, factory farming, and rural economies.