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What is Land to Market?

Land to Market™ is the world’s first verified regenerative sourcing solution for raw materials such as meat, dairy, leather, and wool. Their certification process focuses on assessing soil health, biodiversity enhancement, ecosystem function improvement, and animal welfare.

Their verification system, Ecological Outcome Verification™ (EOV™) measures regeneration through a host of ecological indicators including ground cover, water infiltration, biodiversity, and soil carbon and health. EOV measures leading (short-term) above-ground indicators and lagging (long-term) below-ground indicators that correlate with the four ecosystem processes taught in Holistic Management: nutrient and water cycling, energy flow, and community dynamics.

What is Regenerative Organic Certified®?

Regenerative Organic. Certified® is an agricultural certification for food, fiber, and personal care ingredients.

Based on three pillars, it requires farmers to go above and beyond by practicing agricultural techniques that ensure healthy soil, the ethical and humane treatment of animals, and fairness for farmers & workers. It was created to address the climate crisis, soil degradation, biodiversity loss, factory farming, and fractured rural economies globally.

Regenerative Organic Certified® has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Each requires a different number and scope of regenerative organic practices used. Farms are required to improve through the different levels over the years in order to maintain certification. The full framework is available at RegenOrganic.org.

What is Regenified™?

Regenified™ is a practice and outcome-based land verification and product certification program driving the adoption of certified products. They focus on certifying products and processes that contribute to soil health, biodiversity, and ecosystem restoration. Key factors scrutinized include carbon sequestration, water management strategies, and adoption of regenerative agricultural methods.

Throughout the supply chain, from raw material sourcing to distribution, Regenified™ emphasizes transparency and accountability. Regenified™ ‘s certification process utilizes the 6-3-4 Verification Standard to assess practices enhancing biodiversity, acknowledge the interconnectedness of farm decisions, and measure the outcomes of regenerative practices. This framework ensures adherence to regenerative principles and promotes sustainability within the industry.

What is Demeter®?

The Demeter certification program targets farmers, ranchers, and processors seeking recognition for their agricultural products under the “Biodynamic®”, “Demeter®”, and “Demeter Certified Biodynamic®” marks. To qualify, the land must adhere to the National Organic Program (NOP) standard as a baseline and be managed according to Demeter Biodynamic® Farm Standards for a year. Certification entails holistic farming practices emphasizing ecosystem self-containment, livestock integration, limited imported fertility, water conservation, biodiversity, and disease control. Field-by-field certification is prohibited, emphasizing whole-farm approaches. Use of Biodynamic field sprays and compost preparations is mandated to enhance soil vitality and product quality.

What is the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)?

The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), managed by Textile Exchange©, ensures ethical and sustainable wool production through their certification process. This process involves on-farm assessments and independent audits conducted by certified auditors. Key aspects evaluated include animal welfare, land management practices, and social responsibility criteria. 

RWS creates an industry benchmark that will drive improvements in animal care and land management and social welfare where needed; and Provide a chain of custody system from farm to final product so that consumers are confident that the wool in the products they choose is truly RWS.

What is NATIVA™ Regen-Shaniko?

NATIVA™Regen-Shaniko, introduced in collaboration with Shaniko Wool Company©, launches the first third party certified regenerative wool program in the United States. This initiative aims to improve soil and water quality, preserve biodiversity, and reduce carbon footprint for participating brands. Brands involved commit to supporting regenerative farming practices and receive dual Nativa/Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) certification, ensuring sustainability from farm to garment. 

With a double NATIVA + RWS certification, this program builds on holistic farming practices that promote healthy ecosystems and preserve biodiversity for the current generations, and those to come. 

What is Fibershed?

Fibershed focuses on developing natural fiber and dye systems that contribute to climate stabilization. Their objectives include achieving a potential carbon drawdown of 6 billion pounds. 

They employ practice-based verification using research-based modeling to assess carbon and water impacts. Small to midsize direct-to-consumer sellers receive logos, while larger fine wool producers join a fiber pool to access markets. Fibershed also aids the California Cotton & Climate Coalition, connecting cotton producers with supportive brands. Fibershed also provides grants to producers in the Climate Beneficial program for implementing new sustainable practices like planting hedgerows and windbreaks.

What is A Greener World?

As an independent, nonprofit certifier, AGW provides whole-farm, place-based certifications. 

The Certified Regenerative by AGW standards, for example, cover a holistic range of farm specific, risk-based metrics, such as soil health, biodiversity, water quality, air quality, long-term financial viability, and animal welfare. Other certifications include Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW, Certified Non-GMO by AGW, and Certification for Further Processors and Distributors, which help consumers align their food choices with their values.

What is Merge Impact?

Merge Impact’s certification focuses on biodiversity, carbon life cycle, and water quality. Their certification process involves thorough evaluation of companies’ practices and initiatives related to sustainability, ethical sourcing, and environmental stewardship within the food and agriculture supply chains. 

Merge Impact’s certifications provide tangible evidence of companies’ commitment to transparency and responsible practices. By facilitating transparency and accountability within agricultural supply chains, Merge Impact contributes to building a more sustainable and ethical food system.

What is The Real Organic Project? 

The Real Organic Project centers on three core principles: fostering a dedicated community, prioritizing food grown in fertile soil, and ensuring animals are raised on pasture. Its certification standards encompass criteria such as soil health, greenhouse production, origin of livestock, dairy grazing, animal welfare, and hired labor protections, thereby establishing a superior standard for organic agriculture. Through advocacy for transparency and integrity in organic farming practices, the Real Organic Project endeavors to offer consumers confidence that certified organic products adhere to elevated ethical and environmental benchmarks compared to USDA Organic certification.

What is the Soil & Climate Initiative?

The Soil Climate Initiative aims to recognize the crucial role of healthy soil in sequestering carbon and mitigating climate change. The initiative emphasizes the importance of regenerative farming techniques such as Minimizing Soil Disturbance, Living Roots in the Ground Year Round, Keeping Year-Round Soil Coverage, Maximizing Diversity Above and Below Ground, Appropriate Integration of Livestock, Reducing Synthetic Inputs, and Learning.

Farmers are required to develop and implement three-year Field Plans that address the SCI Regenerative Pillars listed above. These plans are designed to facilitate continuous improvement over a baseline and to track and report Soil Health Outcomes.

What is Soil Regen?

Soil Regen is committed to promoting regenerative agriculture practices for sustainable land stewardship. They have introduced Regenerative Verified™ and Regeneratively Grown™ certifications, offering a scientifically rigorous process to validate the labeling of agricultural products grown and produced using regenerative farming practices.

This certification process involves a two-step system of soil testing analysis and production management verification. Through laboratory soil testing analysis and verification of regenerative farming practices such as cover cropping, rotational grazing, and reduced synthetic inputs, Soil Regen confirms and validates the use of the Regenerative Verified™ and Regeneratively Grown™ labels. This initiative underscores Soil Regen’s dedication to fostering transparency and accountability in the agricultural industry while promoting environmentally sustainable practices.

What is REGEN1?

REGEN1 introduces the Adaptive Framework, a place-based strategy tailored to transition acreage towards regenerative agricultural practices. Initially launched in Northern California and set to expand globally, this framework aims to forge new partnerships across the value chain, prioritizing an outcome-driven approach to food systems fueled by market demand.

Globally, urban regions can utilize the REGEN1 Adaptive Framework to localize consumer and marketplace support for regenerative agriculture. Directed by the REGEN1 team, the Activator offers a blueprint for cities to leverage collective purchasing power. This initiative facilitates the establishment of regional hubs comprising farmers, distributors, buyers, and domain experts committed to supporting regenerative farming practices to mitigate climate change.

What is Audubon Certified

The Audubon Conservation Ranching initiative focuses on promoting sustainable ranching practices that benefit both wildlife and ranchers. The key aspect of this initiative is the Audubon-certified bird-friendly beef program. Ranches participating in this program adhere to specific conservation practices that help preserve grassland bird habitats, such as maintaining native vegetation, protecting water resources, and avoiding habitat fragmentation.

To receive Audubon’s certification, ranchers must meet strict criteria that demonstrate their commitment to conservation, including habitat management plans, biodiversity monitoring, and adherence to specific grazing practices. By purchasing beef from Audubon-certified ranches, consumers can support sustainable land management practices that promote biodiversity conservation. 

What is Demeter Biodynamic® Farm Standard?

The Demeter Biodynamic® Farm Standard applies to the certification of farms and ranches for the purpose of allowing their farms and ranches and resulting agricultural products to carry the Demeter certification marks “Biodynamic®”, “Demeter®” and Demeter Certified Biodynamic®. 

The Demeter Biodynamic Farm and Processing Standards meet the minimum requirements set by Demeter International.  These base standards form a common legal foundation and agricultural framework for Biodynamic practice worldwide.