Certified Regenerative by A Greener World: Dairy

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This label certifies whether products come from a farm using regenerative practices. It goes beyond USDA Organic Standards to provide specific guidelines for environmental, social and animal welfare, including detailed accounting for greenhouse gas emissions.

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FoodPrint Label Criteria

Animal Feed Quality

Produced without industrial pesticides*
Synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge prohibited
All grassfed
Prohibits animal waste and byproduct
Restricts use of feed supplements
Prohibits GMOs
*Allows limited use of pesticides as farms transition to a fully regenerative model and requires a plan for elimination

Drug Use

Antibiotics only for sick animals or prohibited
Prohibit hormones and other drugs to healthy animals

Environmental and Pasture Quality

Pasture management / rotational grazing plan required
Synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge prohibited
Grown without industrial pesticides
Biodiversity required in pasture
Soil health monitored/measured for improvement over time
Requires accounting or modeling of carbon emissions and sequestration

Animal Welfare and Living Conditions

Prohibits feedlots
Prohibits long term confinement
Prohibits electric prods
Hygiene and manure management addressed
Pain relief for castration*
Prohibits dehorning
Taildocking prohibited
Standards for animal wellbeing in transport including maximum duration times
Welfare standards for slaughtering addressed
Pasture required throughout grazing/growing season
*Pain relief is required outside of approved, bloodless methods

Worker Welfare

Standards and protections for workers on farm
Standards and protections for workers in processing plants
Fair/living wages ensured
Health care insurance ensured*
*Farms must contribute to worker health care if they do not provide insurance
Food Label Glossary

For explanations of some of these technical terms, like “rotational grazing” or “sewage sludge fertilizers,” please visit our glossary.

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