What Does it Take to go Regenerative Organic?

What Does it Take to go Regenerative Organic?
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Nature's Path is Setting a New Example for the Agriculture Industry

  • The percentage of farms that practice both regenerative agriculture and organics is small. But with companies like Nature’s Path bridging the gap the number will grow. The company was founded in 1985, currently in Richmond, British Columbia, and is aiming to achieve climate-neutral status by September this year.

  • To achieve certified organic status, the farm made changes over two years through planting and investments in crop covers; such as legumes for improved soil health and carbon capture. It takes three years to receive organic certification, and a year to earn regenerative organic certification. Soil testing expansion is central to this, including measuring of Soil Organic Carbon, Soil Organic Matter, Aggregate Stability, Active Carbon, Total Soil Carbon and Microbial Respiration of CO2. 

  • Synthetic fertilizer and pesticide-free new technologies are also playing a significant roll in farm conversion. The investments of Nature’s Path included autosteered tractors using GPS data, satellite maps to monitor growth, tine weeders and rotary hoes for weeding, and recordkeeping systems to meet Organic Certification requirements.

  • The World Economic Forum indicates the average soil carbon level of traditional farming land is 1%, compared to the 3-7% present before cultivation. Estimates suggest that by raising current soil carbon levels to even the lower end of the 3-7% could sequester up to 1 trillion tons of CO2. 

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A version of this article was originally published on the site Greenbiz on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

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