Regeneration International, a project of the Organic Consumers Association, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to building a global network of farmers, scientists, businesses, activists, educators, journalists, governments and consumers who will promote and put into practice regenerative agriculture and land-use practices that: provide abundant, nutritious food; revive local economies; rebuild soil fertility and biodiversity; and restore climate stability by returning carbon to the soil, through the natural process of photosynthesis.
Through our global network, we are connected to 4.1 million consumers, farmers, activists, scientists and policymakers in over 100 countries.
Our steering committee members are: Andre Leu (IFOAM Organics International), Hans Herren (Millennium Institute), John D. Liu (Environmental Education Media Project), Precious Phiri (Earth Wisdom), Renate Künast (German Parliament), Ronnie Cummins (Organic Consumers Association), Steve Rye (Mercola Health), Tom Newmark (The Carbon Underground), and Vandana Shiva (Navdanya).
To build a global network of farmers, scientists, businesses, activists, educators, journalists, policymakers and consumers who will promote and put into practice regenerative agriculture and land-use practices that: provide abundant, nutritious food; revitalize local economies; regenerate soil fertility and water-retention capacity; nurture biodiversity; and restore climate stability by reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time drawing down excess atmospheric carbon and sequestering it in the soil.
A healthy global ecosystem in which regenerative agriculture and land-use practices cool the planet, feed the world, and promote public health, prosperity, and peace.
Our work, supported by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and other founding organizations, is focused on the following:
- Engage the global scientific, agricultural, and activist communities in a narrative about the relationships between healthy soils, food and the climate.
- Identify, support and promote leading experts and success stories focused on the science and best practices that support regenerative organic agriculture as a viable means to reverse global warming through carbon sequestration.
- Aggregate, translate and disseminate the latest research linking the climate, food, natural health, environment, and economic justice movements to food and farming, and best practices for adapting regenerative techniques to different climates and cultures.
- Unify the global grassroots through a diversity of messages and campaigns to appeal to different segments of the global body politic, including consumers and environmentalists.
- Collaborate with universities and NGOs to train farmers in organic regenerative farming and land management techniques.
- Mobilize consumers, farmers, and environmentalists to pressure policymakers to create policies that advance organic regenerative farming and land management practices.
Learn More About Our Steering Committee
Vandana Shiva, Navdanya
Scientist, philosopher, feminist, author, environmentalist, activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva is a one-woman movement for peace, sustainability and social justice. In 1991, Dr. Shiva founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources. Among Vandana Shiva's many honours is the Right Livelihood Award for her work in placing women and ecology at the center of the international development agenda. She is the author of more than 300 papers in leading scientific and technical journals, and her book-length publications.
Ronnie Cummins, OCA
Ronnie Cummins is co-founder and International Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and its Mexico affiliate Via Organica. Cummins has been active as a writer and activist since the 1960s, with extensive experience in public education, grassroots mobilization, and marketplace pressure campaigns. Over the past two decades he has served as director of US and international campaigns dealing with sustainable agriculture issues including food safety, genetic engineering, factory farming, and global warming.
Steve Rye, Mercola.com
Steve A. Rye, is CEO of Mercola Health Resources, a source of health articles, optimal wellness products, medical news, and natural e-newsletter from natural health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola. Together Steve and Dr. Mercola have grown Mercola.com to the #1 most visited natural health website in the world. Mercola Health is dedicated to giving back to the community and partnering with key organizations who educate the public on important health, food safety, and informed consent issues.
John D. Liu, EEMP
John D. Liu is Director of the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP), Ecosystem Ambassador for the Commonland Foundation and a visiting research fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1997, John founded the Environmental Education Media Project to help educate the public about environmental and ecological issues first in China and then worldwide, producing, directing, writing, filming and presenting many ecological films broadcast worldwide.
Andre Leu, IFOAM Organics International
Andre Leu is the author of The Myths of Safe Pesticides and the President of IFOAM – Organics International. Andre has over 40 years of international experience in all areas of organic agriculture and has extensive writing and publications in many areas of organic agriculture including climate change, the environment, and the health benefits of organic agronomy. He was recently invited by the UNEP to present research findings from the organic movement at a high-level.
Hans Herren, Millennium Institute
Hans Herren is a Swiss entomologist, farmer and development specialist. He was the first Swiss to receive the 1995 World Food Prize and the 2013 Right Livelihood Award for leading a major biological pest management campaign in Africa, successfully fighting the Cassava mealybug and averting averting Africa’s worst-ever food crisis. Herren is the president and CEO of the Washington-based Millennium Institute and co-founder and president of the Swiss foundation Biovision.
Tom Newmark, The Carbon Underground
Tom Newmark is a environmentalist and organic farmer. He is the co-owner of Finca Luna Nueva Lodge in Costa Rica, a Demeter-certified Biodynamic farm and conference center. Tom is also the co-founder of several nonprofits, including The Carbon Underground and Semillas Sagradas (now Sacred Seeds). Tom also chairs the Greenpeace Fund USA and the American Botanical Council (“ABC”).
Precious Phiri, Earth Wisdom
Precious is a training and development specialist in regenerative environmental issues and community organizing. She recently founded an organization called EarthWisdom a network, which she formed immediately after her full time nine-year career with Savory hub in Zimbabwe. Her vast experience in education and mobilizing communal populations and implementing institutions in Zimbabwe and Africa in restorative farming programs using Holistic Land and Livestock Management (HLLM) is the force behind her network. Her work currently focuses on training rural communities and collaborating with networks in Africa to reduce poverty, rebuild soils, and restore food and water security for people, livestock and wildlife.
Renate Künast, Chairwoman in Bundestag (German Parliament)
Renate Künast is a German politician of Alliance '90/The Greens. She was the Minister of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture from 2001 to 2005 and is serving as chairwoman of the her party's parliamentary group in the Bundestag. Always taking a firm stand, she has put herself fully behind the Save Our Soils campaign. "Healthy soil is the key to global food security. Compost is the new gold."