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As our name implies, the foundation of ORGANIC INDIA is our commitment to products that are organic, pure and natural. But in searching for a way to both bring consumers quality organic crops and herbs while protecting and reversing the environmental degradation of our Indian farming communities, we have adopted a practice of “regenerative agriculture.”
The concept of regenerative agriculture builds on the principles and practices of organic farming to not only protect existing soil from toxic chemicals and other inputs, but also promote soil regeneration, cultivating healthy soil.
HISTORY OF RA
Organic pioneer J.I. Rodale founded the Rodale Institute in 1947 to study the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people. He developed the concept of regenerative agriculture, theorizing that to preserve and improve our health we must restore and protect the natural health of the soil.
Conventional farming systems often utilize heavy equipment, excessive tilling and harmful chemicals which disrupt the organic matter, and therefor the carbon molecules, in the soil. Once exposed to the air, these molecules combine with oxygen to create toxic carbon dioxide (CO2), which is released into the air. These rather unnatural processes can kill the soil’s vitality completely.
Regenerative farming embraces organic agriculture while developing additional sustainable farming systems that create the highest quality, nutritious food, as well as help to reverse negative climate change.
Regenerative practices including reduced tilling, composting and the use of cover crops create nutrient-rich humus. This healthy organic material prevents soil erosion and actually soaks up harmful CO2 emissions.
Regenerative farms can be found around the world. Look for local farms that offer a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership where you can purchase an annual share of organic produce. It’s a fantastic way to get the very best, fresh food while supporting your local farming community.
Consumer products companies that employ regenerative farming practices are often focused on the bigger picture of agricultural production, aspiring to help both people and the planet.
For ORGANIC INDIA, that means both educating our farmers in organic and regenerative agriculture practices, and purchasing the resulting crops at a premium market price. Our farming partners receive a sustainable income while being able to alternate between growing crops for ORGANIC INDIA and cultivating food for themselves. This results in both a crop rotation that is healthy for the soil and environment, as well as the ability to preserve the health of the farmer and surrounding community. By purchasing ORGANIC INDIA products and supporting other regenerative farmers, you are helping to support a healthy and sustainable global environment.