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The Regenerative Organic Certification

The Regenerative Organic Certification

13/04/2021

By: Anna Meyer - Brand & Supplier Liaison, Regenerative Organic Alliance

The Regenerative Organic Certified™ (ROC™)  standard is a new certification that addresses a growing consumer demand for climate-friendly, fair, and ethical products. ROC™ begins with USDA organic, and requires additional criteria in three pillars: soil health & land management, animal welfare, and social fairness. The overarching goals of the certification are to:

  • Increase soil organic matter over time and sequester atmospheric carbon in soil, a promising opportunity to mitigate climate change.
  • Ensure the ethical and humane treatment of animals, and emphasize pasture-based systems
  • Ensure fair conditions for all farmers, ranchers, and workers .

Some of the regenerative organic practices required by ROC™ include conservation tillage, cover cropping, crop rotation, continuous and open access to pasture for animals, and long- term contracts and fair hiring practices for   workers.    The    full    framework of requirements can be viewed at RegenOrganic.org/Resources.

There’s    rapidly     growing     interest in regenerative agriculture and Regenerative Organic Certified™ as consumers demand products that address climate change and other important social and ethical issues. Producers are responding readily. Some see it as an opportunity to ensure long- term viability and to take advantage of an additional market premium.

With so much interest from brands, current demand for ROC™ ingredients far exceeds the available supply and the market opportunity is excellent. Organic food and other products have experienced exponential growth in the last couple of  decades, a  trend that has been largely consumer driven. We continue to see a push from consumers for products produced to an even higher bar.

DAABON Group, which has implemented, developed and maintained a certified organic production system in its plantations of Palm, Banana, Coffee and Avocado from 1993 to date, is currently managing its certification process in accordance with the ROC ™ standard, initially for palm plantations. Daabon is convinced that the practice of Regenerative Organic Agriculture is a fundamental tool that counteracts, to a great extent, the damage caused to the planet by agro-industrial production methods that are not very friendly to nature

To learn more about Regenerative Organic   Certified™,       visit RegenOrganic.org.

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