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.
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.
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.
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.
Organic farming means no synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics or growth hormones.
Farmers grow cover crops in addition to their cash crop to help increase soil organic matter, sequester carbon in the soil, and reduce erosion.
Farmers use waste from the farm and convert it into compost, which acts as a natural fertilizer and pesticide for soil.
A systematic approach where crop varieties are rotated from one year to the next.
Planting multiple types of crops closely together can produce greater yields and improve soil health over time.
Low- to No-Tilling
Tilling is a common practice that involves digging, stirring, and overturning soil. Reducing the need for this practice can help soil retain more water, organic matter and potentially store more carbon.
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.
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.
Organic Cacao + Mango Bar - 12 Pack
Regenerative Organic Chile Mango
Dr Bronner's Whole Kernel Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Grain Place Foods Popcorn Kernels
Sol Simple Organic Dried Bananas
Sol Simple Organic Dried Pineapple
Grain Place Foods Organic Yellow Cornmeal
Guayaki Yerba Mate Loose Leaf