Seeing how destructive traditional agriculture was for our planet, with rural farming communities in regions like Peru having limited access to education, economic security, and essential resources, SIMPLi saw first-hand the urgent need to revitalize the environment while supporting productive and healthy farms and economies.
SIMPLi's one-of-a-kind regenerative organic program focuses on three main pillars:
- Ethical sourcing
- Improved livelihood for farmers
- Implementation of regenerative organic agricultural practices
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.
“We can’t speak about regenerative organic agriculture without speaking about indigenous agriculture.” – SIMPLi co-founder Sarela Herrada
Why is farming regeneratively important?
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 both carbon drawdown and less water usage.
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 is the first ingredients brand to earn the revolutionary Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC) in South America for its quinoa and beans.
SIMPLi only sources from and works with farmers who grow crops that have a beneficial impact to the environment, focusing on cover crops and sustainable ingredients such as quinoa, amaranth, and Lupini beans, the former of which 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).
While conventional agriculture contributes a significant share of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change – 17% directly through agricultural activities and an additional 7-14% through land use changes, according to the OECD – it can also be an important part of the solution.
Industrial agriculture degrades soil quality and depletes the microbial diversity that keeps soil healthy, which depletes the nutrients in the food grown from the soil. On the flip side, healthy soil from regenerative organic agricultural practices is more biodiverse, which makes the ingredients more nutritious.
By focusing solely on ingredients that uphold environmental stewardship, and working directly with its growers to ensure its 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.