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When you decide to uplevel your eating habits, going organic is a great first step—and it’s much easier than it used to be. Organic produce is readily available in many local grocery stores and at the many farmers markets held across the country. But if you want to do even more to support better farming practices and your health, start going beyond organic by seeking out products that have the regenerative value. Regenerative farming practices (including Biodynamic) are designed to support the land in more holistic ways, and we’re delving into what it means for a product to be grown using these methods. Alongside other brands offering regenerative products, Thrive Market Goods is also launching its own lineup of pantry staples. Let’s take a closer look at what sets these products apart.
What Is Regenerative Agriculture?
Regenerative agriculture is an approach that protects and enhances our natural resources. This holistic method of caring for animals and the land draws on decades of scientific and applied research, surpassing even organic practices. Regenerative agriculture views the land as one self-sustaining, living organism. Here are some highlights of regenerative farming:
- Rejects pesticides, herbicides, and artificial fertilizers
- Increases biodiversity
- Enriches soil
- Improves water cycles
- Works to reverse climate change
Benefits of Regenerative Farming
One of the biggest benefits of regenerative farming is sequestering CO₂ in the soil and our forests. Regenerative International calls regenerative agriculture one of the best kept secrets in the fight against global warming. “The solution to the climate crisis (as well as poverty and deteriorating public health) lies right under our feet, and at the end of our knives and forks."
Tips for Shopping for Regenerative Products
There are a few things to keep in mind if you’re starting to incorporate regenerative products into your life. To ensure the product is produced using regenerative agricultural practices look for the Regenerative Organic Certification seal (launching in 2020). It features the letters “R” and “O,” with a plant growing in between. You can also research favorite brands (like the ones below) to read up on whether they offer regenerative products. Shop on ThriveMarket.com to see our full selection.
Top Regenerative Brands
We’re mindfully building a collection of regenerative brands that meet our standards. Here’s a look at a few of them!
Dr. Bronner's partners with farmers worldwide to improve soil fertility, which results in better crop yields and aids local communities. The brand has used regenerative practices for years, and is currently in the process of pursuing Regenerative Organic Certification.
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap
For its popular castile soap, Dr. Bronner’s works with mint farmers in India to implement regenerative farming practices. Techniques such as crop rotation and composting help transform the land—and provide organic peppermint for its liquid and bar soaps at the same time.
The latest additions to our line of non-GMO and organic food staples are products featuring ingredients grown using regenerative farming methods. This provides our members with even more ways to live their values in the kitchen, while saving money at the same time.
Thrive Market Regeneratively Grown Organic Coconut Oil
Regenerative farming practices that help enrich soil and promote biodiversity—like intercropping and mulching—make this jar an ethically-sourced pick. Sourced in Sri Lanka, our coconut oil is made from the whole kernel, making for a nuttier and more fragrant oil.
This line of holistic pet food starts with sustainable farming practices that help restore a more native state for animals and the earth.
Holistic Recipe for Adult Cats, Wild Salmon & Whitefish
Your feline will love this tempting blend of whitefish, salmon, and vegetables. The blend is made with sustainably caught fish and non-GMO ingredients for a feel-good way to care for your cat.
Learn More About Regenerative Agriculture
If your interest in regenerative agriculture is officially piqued, give these blog posts a read.
How Dr. Bronner’s is Pioneering Regenerative Farming in Ghana
A pilot project in Ghana could prompt farmers across the country to embrace regenerative farming practices—and support their communities in the process.
Is It Better to Choose Organic Food?
Here’s our take on why you should choose organic food for your meals.
Biodynamic Certification Requirements
Farms looking to achieve biodynamic status have a lot of work to do before becoming certified. Here’s a look at everything required, and how long the process takes.