The belief that you should always know what you’re putting into your body is the founding principle of Ritual – and that doesn’t stop at the ingredients we use. Part of our traceability promise is sharing the supplier names and final place of manufacturing for our active and other ingredients. This work helps deliver high quality ingredients, but can also have positive impacts for people and the planet. Using pea protein sourced through regenerative farming practices is one of the ways we do this.
What Is Regenerative Agriculture?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that industrial farming accounted for 11.2% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2020. In its white paper, Regenerative Agriculture and the Soil Carbon Solution, the Rodale Institute details that agriculture production systems and arable land misuse have degraded approximately 75% of the Earth’s land areas over time. (1)
Conventional farming practices often rely on pesticides and fertilizers, and when soil erodes, these chemicals get washed into streams and waterways, further impacting freshwater and marine habitats and the local communities that depend on them. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) broadly defines regenerative agriculture as a “philosophy and approach to land management [that asks us] to think about how all aspects of agriculture are connected through a web – a network of entities who grow, enhance, exchange, distribute, and consume goods and services – instead of a linear supply chain.”
What Are Some Regenerative Farming Practices?
There is no legal definition for regenerative farming, but rather, a deep understanding that traditional practices can be used in favor of chemicals, synthetics, or machinery to improve soil health and diversify ecosystems for decades to come. Generally speaking, there are seven different factors that make up a regenerative practice, and farmers leverage these strategies to varying degrees. Below, we discuss some of the most commonly used practices.