Growing food and fiber with industrial techniques and harmful chemicals is one of the main causes of climate change, contributing up to one quarter of annual emissions. Industrial farming degrades our soils, which overtime reduces our ability to grow healthy crops and contributes to topsoil and water loss — two limited resources we can’t afford to waste. Watch the film to learn more about the problem.

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A Climate Change Solution is In the Soil

If we switch from fossil fuel-intensive farming to organic and no and low-till practices that build healthy soil and draw carbon back into the ground with Regenerative Organic (RO), we could turn our agricultural system from problem to solution. Because healthy soil traps carbon, we believe this farming method could be a viable way to help stop climate change before it’s too late.

How Carbon is Stored in Soil

Healthy soil helps draw down excess CO2 in the atmosphere. Plants use energy from sunlight to turn CO2 into stored energy and feed microorganisms in the soil. In turn, these plants remove and store more CO2 from the atmosphere.

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How Nature Would Farm

Regenerative Organic (RO) is the highest organic standard, which supports people and animals working together to restore the health of our planet to create a brighter future. This agricultural system aims to rehabilitate soil, respect animal welfare and improve the lives of farmers.

Farming Practices

These practices help build healthy soil that could help draw down more carbon from the atmosphere than conventional methods. To do this, farmers use a range of methods that have been around for millenia.

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Number of organic farmers who are part of Patagonia’s Regenerative Organic Certification food and apparel Pilot

Road to Regenerative

In 2017, we partnered with the Regenerative Organic Alliance and other brands to establish a Regenerative Organic Certification, a holistic agriculture certification encompassing pasture-based animal welfare, fairness for farmers and workers, and robust requirements for soil health and land management. We are participating in two Regenerative Organic Certification Pilots — one in food and the other in apparel.

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Know What You’re Buying Into

We hope to launch more Regenerative Organic Certified food products, as well as our first certified Regenerative Organic apparel in the next few years. We believe it's possible to grow food and fiber in harmony to make our land more fertile and our future brighter, with the goal of not just doing less harm, but also doing some good. You have the power to change the way food and fiber are grown by supporting businesses who are leading the way.