US pioneer organic food brand Annie’s is partnering with innovative farmers in Montana to produce limited-edition Organic Mac & Cheese and Organic Bunny Grahams that are made with certified organic ingredients grown using regenerative farming practices.
Regenerative agriculture is a holistic farming system that aims to build healthy soil, increase biodiversity and empower farming communities. A growing body of research evidence shows that it also offers a promising solution for reducing greenhouse gases.
By partnering directly with farmers advancing regenerative agriculture, Annie’s says it is aiming to forming long-term, mutually beneficial relationships that provide support for local farming communities while creating greater transparency for consumers. The primary ingredients for the limited edition products are single sourced from two farms practicing regenerative agriculture. The Mac & Cheese pasta is made with wheat and peas from Nate Powell-Palm’s farm in near Bozeman, Montana, while the wheat and oats used in the Honey Bunny Grahams come from Casey Bailey’s farm outside of Fort Benton, Montana.
“Regenerative agriculture is a build on the work we have been doing with organic and throughout all our sustainability efforts since Annie’s was founded in 1989. Organic remains the foundation of everything we do at Annie’s, and we’re excited to be adding even more impact through regenerative agriculture,” said Shauna Sadowski, senior sustainability manager at Annie’s. “These two, limited-edition products advance regenerative agricultural practices and will serve as a catalyst for more to come.”
While Annie’s reports that it is not currently pursuing third party regenerative agriculture of the sort recently developed by the Rodale Institute and others, Sadowski told orgamnicauthority.com that “it is clear that a focus on regenerative practices is on the rise in the organic industry