WHAT IS REGENERATIVE ORGANIC AGRICULTURE?
Regenerative organic agriculture has been in practice for thousands of years. Indigenous populations have long protected the environment and preserved biodiversity in our ecosystems through land management and regenerative organic farming practices like minimal soil disturbance, crop rotations, and animal grazing.
“We can’t speak about regenerative organic agriculture without speaking about indigenous agriculture.” – SIMPLi co-founder Sarela Herrada
WHY IS FARMING REGENERATIVELY IMPORTANT?
It's critical we make changes to our food system that offer solutions to the climate crisis. The world's food systems are responsible for one-third of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. According to the USDA, up to 15 tons of carbon per acre per year can stay locked in the Earth as long as regenerative practices are maintained.
Regenerative organic farming implements agricultural practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in carbon drawdown, less water usage, and healthier soil that can grow more nutrient-dense foods.
SIMPLI'S HOLISTIC APPROACH TO REGENERATIVE ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
Seeing how destructive traditional agriculture was for our planet and how rural farming communities around the world have limited access to education, economic security, and essential resources, SIMPLi saw first-hand the urgent need to revitalize our soil while improving the livelihoods of farmers. This inspired the development of SIMPLi’s Regenerative Pathway Program (RPP), which supports farmers with resources to achieve Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC)® and empowers them with education, financing, and community-building.
By fostering partnerships with indigenous farming communities globally, SIMPLi fosters a mutually beneficial relationship, honoring traditional wisdom while integrating modern innovations. The program extends beyond the scope of certifications, it’s a catalyst for positive social change. By investing in communities, our approach creates a domino effect that fuels long-term economic stability and uplifts communities worldwide.
HOW DO WE CERTIFY THAT WE'RE EMPLOYING REGENERATIVE ORGANIC FARMING PRACTICES?
Combining the best practices of Certified Organic and Certified Fair Trade, the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC)® is a new certification for businesses and products that meet the highest standards in the world for their three pillars: soil health, animal welfare, and farmworker and social fairness.
SIMPLi’S LEADERSHIP IN REGENERATIVE ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
SIMPLi is the first ingredients brand to achieve ROC® in South America for its quinoa and beans, and one of the first in Greece for its beans. Our innovative approach to sourcing prioritizes ingredients that benefit the regenerative organic ecosystem like cover crops and sustainable ingredients such as quinoa, amaranth, and lupini beans—the former was declared one of the best crops to respond favorably to climate changes created by global warming by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
By focusing on sourcing ingredients that uphold environmental stewardship and working directly with growers to ensure their farming practices meet regenerative organic standards, SIMPLi has optimized its operations to limit carbon footprint, eliminate fraudulent activity in the supply chain, and scale each farmer for growth.