About Regeneration International

About Us

Regeneration International 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 Leadership

Our steering committee members are: Andre Leu (IFOAM Organics International), Ercilia Sahores (Asociación de Consumidores Orgánicos), 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), and Vandana Shiva (Navdanya).

Our Mission

To promote and facilitate the global transition to regenerative agriculture and land-use practices and systems that: provide abundant, nutritious food; revitalize local economies; regenerate soil fertility and water-retention capacity; nurture biodiversity; promote social justice and fair trade; and restore climate stability.

Our Vision

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

Our work, supported by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and other founding organizations, is focused on the following:

  1. Engage the global scientific, agricultural, and activist communities in a narrative about the relationships between healthy soils, food and the climate.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Collaborate with universities and NGOs to train farmers in organic regenerative farming and land management techniques.
  6. 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

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Andre Leu, International Director of RI

Andre Leu is the International Director of Regeneration International. He is the Author of ‘Poisoning our Children’ and the ‘Myths of Safe Pesticides.’

He was the President of IFOAM – Organics International, the world change agent and umbrella body for the organic sector. IFOAM – Organics International has around 850 member organisations in127 countries.

Andre has a degree in Communications, with a double major in Video/TV Production and Socio-political Theory. He has post-graduate qualifications in adult education.

Andre worked as a professional musician for many years. As well as performing and recording in bands, he worked in film and video production. This included computer animation, sound tracks, composing music, music videos and editing.

He lectures and teaches at universities, institutions and workshops around the world. He speaks at numerous conferences, seminars, workshops as well as United Nations events on every continent. He meets with governments, industry, farmers, consumers and NGOs on the multi-functional benefits of regenerative organic agriculture.

He has an extensive knowledge of farming and environmental systems across Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa and Australasia from over 40 years of visiting and working in over 100 countries. Andre and his wife, Julia, have an organic tropical fruit farm in Daintree, Australia.

He has published extensively in magazines, newspapers, journals, conference proceedings, newsletters, websites and other media, as well as doing numerous media interviews for TV, Radio and online systems.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Main Street Project

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin is the principal architect of the poultry-centered regenerative agriculture model promoted by the Main Street Project, https://mainstreetproject.org/ of which he is chief strategy officer. A native of Guatemala, Haslett-Marroquin earned his agronomy degree from the Central National School of Agriculture in Guatemala, and degrees in international business administration and communications from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Twin Cities International Citizens of the Year (1996), and the Northfield, Minnesota, Service to Mankind Award (SERTOMA), 2008. He serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Conservation Core of Minnesota and Iowa. He is a founding member of Regeneration International and Regeneration Guatemala.

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Ercilia Sahores

Ercilia is a founding member of Regeneration International and Latin American Director for Regeneration International. A beekeeper and Political Scientist from Argentina, specialized in International Relations, adult education and community development, Ercilia has worked as Executive Director for several grassroots organizations in Latin America and has over 15 years of experience campaigning and organizing in lower income communities and rural areas. She serves on several nonprofit boards, including Caminos de Agua in Guanajuato, México.

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