ONE for 100 Monarch Butterfly Initiative.
Why is this initiative important?
Monarch butterflies are one of the most iconic and recognizable pollinators in North America and play a vital role in the health of our food system. However, they are facing a significant decline in population due to factory farming, urban development and the use of pesticides & herbicides that destroy their habitats.
Milkweed is the only plant that monarch butterflies lay their eggs on, and it is also the primary food source for their larvae. By planting milkweed, we are not only creating essential habitat for monarchs, but we are also building a more resilient and secure food system.
How can you help?
When you purchase a regenerative meat box from REP Provisions, you’re not only providing food and habitat for monarchs across America’s prairies, but also supporting the transition from one agricultural paradigm to the next.
As a regenerative meat company, our newest initiative to generate habitat and food for this brilliant butterfly feels more like a partnership, than a one sided exchange. If we’re going to transform our food system as one that heals instead of hurting our planet, people, and all living creatures on it, we’re going to need all the help we can get.
Regeneration and the monarch butterfly go hand in hand. They remind us to hold out hope, and that we have power to transform, endure, and rebuild a system that works better for consumers, farmers, and the planet.
Please share this initiative with your friends and click here for more information on our 1 for 100 initiative.
Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to partnering with you to create a happier planet and a brighter future.
Regenerative 101 FAQs
What Does Regenerative Mean?
Regenerative Agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to farming and food production. To put it simply, it’s a way of raising animals that benefit nature and improve the land they live on. We believe that happy prairies are the key to healthy people and we are doing everything we can to make sure they stay that way.
Regenerative agriculture focuses on: topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, carbon sequestration, improving water-cycles, and ecological restoration.
What is Regenerative Meat?
Regenerative meat is simply meat that was raised by farmers using holistic practices on land that is regenerating and becoming healthier over time. The term "regenerative meat" is more about how the animals were raised and how the land was managed than about the meat itself.
What are the Benefits of Regenerative?
Regenerative agriculture describes holistic farming systems that, among other benefits, improve water and air quality, enhance ecosystem biodiversity, produce nutrient-dense food, and store carbon to help mitigate the effects of climate change.
At REP we are also seeing that these changes create better tasting food with higher nutrient-densities. The product is more flavorful and it's better for you. Our beef was tested by Michigan State University and has some incredible benefits.
How are Regenerative Products Verified?
The Savory Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, that audits and verifies our regenerative efforts. If our scientific datasets indicate that the land is regenerating and becoming healthier - we are able to claim the Land to Market Verification and implement their L2M Seal on our products.
Who is the Savory Institute?
Savory Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Boulder, Colorado with 54 regional learning Hubs around the globe. Founded in 2009, the Institute has trained over 14,000 farmers, ranchers, and pastoralists and influenced management of over 17 Million hectares of grasslands through the adoption of Holistic Planned Grazing – a process that mimics ancestral grazing patterns of wild herbivores that co-evolved with healthy grassland ecosystems. Developed by Allan Savory in the 1960’s, Holistic Management (HM) has been proven in a wide variety of contexts to regenerate grasslands, build soil, increase biodiversity, and sequester significant amounts of carbon while also improving social and economic outcomes.
What does the Land-to-Market Seal Mean?
A leader in the regenerative agriculture movement, Land to Market is the world's first outcomes-based verified regenerative sourcing solution.
The program's Land to Market Verified seal has attracted some of the world's leading consumer packaged goods companies, apparel brands and retailers.
A program of the Savory Institute, Land to Market uses a science-based approach working directly with raw material producers to enhance transparency and traceability mechanisms across the entire value chain.
What is Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV)?
Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) is the science inside the Savory Institutes Land to Market Program. It was developed in collaboration with leading soil scientists, ecologists, agronomists, and an extensive network of regenerative land managers around the world. EOV is a practical and scalable soil and landscape assessment methodology that tracks outcomes in biodiversity, soil health, and ecosystem function (water cycle, mineral cycle, energy flow and community dynamics).
EOV MEASURES REGENERATION THROUGH A HOST OF ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS: GROUND COVER, WATER INFILTRATION, BIODIVERSITY, SOIL CARBON AND SOIL HEALTH.
EOV™ was developed by Savory Institute in collaboration with Michigan State University, Texas A&M, Ovis 21, The Nature Conservancy, and an extensive network of regenerative land managers around the world.
How Does Regenerative Meat Reverse Climate Change?
Through photosynthesis healthy grassland ecosystems remove carbon from the atmosphere and store in the soil (where it belongs!). In order to maximise the carbon sequestering capacity of these thriving grasslands the symbiotic presence of grazing animals is required. As a result when managed in nature’s image cattle, bison and other ruminant animals have the ability to enrich a system that reverses climate change.
What is Grass-fed, Grass-finished & Pasture-Raised?
Grass-finished comes from animals that ate nothing but grass and forage for their entire lives. Grass-fed, on the other hand, may be used to label meat from animals that were started on a grass diet but have either received supplemental grain feed or are finished on a fully grain-based diet. Grass-fed does not mean that the animal spent any time in a pasture, they could have been fed hay in a feedlot. 100% Grass-fed is the same as grass-finished and pasture-raised.