All of our products have been certified organic from the start, because farming in this way ensures that no harm is done to soil or ecosystems. But we believe the world can do even better. That’s why we’re pursuing the pilot program for Regenerative Organic Certification – a holistic, systemic approach to farming that gives back more than it takes.
Conventional cacao cultivation focuses on monoculture, which often results in soil degradation and biodiversity loss. Instead, our co-ops practice dynamic agroforestry, a method of agriculture that strives to mimic the natural evolution of the forest and improve the overall wellbeing of the farms. Dynamic agroforestry supports a diverse system of plants, improves soil quality, reduces pests and diseases, and increases stable revenue for farmers by providing additional produce to sell and eat.READ MORE ABOUT AGROFORESTRY
In a joint effort with PUR Projet, we have been working with our cacao partner, Acopagro Coop, to replant and conserve a portion of the Peruvian Amazon. Not only has this effort improved the quality and yield of their crops; it has boosted biodiversity, improved the coop’s food security by expanding crop diversity, and will even provide a retirement plan for farmers in the form of sustainable forestry once the trees mature. Plus, the number of trees we plant each year accounts for more than 100% of our company’s carbon expenditure. In 2016, the Biocorredor Martin Sagrado conservation site was recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Alter Eco France founder Tristan Lecomte was committed to offsetting the carbon emissions of his company, but felt there had to be a more holistic way to do it. So in 2008, he pioneered carbon insetting, a unique method of integrating carbon offsetting within the company's own supply chain to improve soil conditions, biodiversity and crop health all at once. The organization that resulted from the effort, PUR Projet, is now a dynamic network of more than 50 organizations, representing 150,000 planters in 30 countries of the global South. After reducing our company's carbon footprint as much as possible, Alter Eco America works closely with PUR Projet and our farmers to plant trees for the amount of CO2 we produce.
“Contrary to offsetting, which consists in handling carbon compensation in other places by uncorrelated people and means, the insetting includes the handling of carbon compensation into the commercial dynamics of the company” (PUR Projet).