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Rodale Institute Launches Online Course for Regenerative Organic Consumers

by The Rodale Institute

Jan 21, 2022

Rodale Institute, the global leader of regenerative organic agriculture, has launched “Being a Regenerative Consumer,” a new educational course for anyone interested in learning the basics about farming, food, and the future of our health, as part of their Virtual Campus.

This on-demand, online course was designed for anyone interested in learning more about what organic means, why soil matters, and how you can make a difference in the health of your family and the planet.

The course is free to enroll and can be accessed through

In this course, participants will engage with Rodale Institute’s expert staff on topics like regenerative organic farming, nutrition, pesticides, and much more in an easy to understand, digestible format.

“We wanted to create a resource for anyone seeking out more information about what the labels on their food mean, or the true impacts of farming on our health and planet,” said Maria Pop, Director of Education at Rodale Institute. “This course provides all the basics someone would need to begin to change their food habits or get involved in organic. As a leader in the regenerative organic space, Rodale Institute is proud to offer the world-class knowledge of our experts free of charge to ensure that the regenerative organic movement is accessible for all.”

Instructors in the “Being a Regenerative Consumer” course include Dr. Yichao Rui, Director of Rodale Institute’s 40-year-old Farming Systems Trial, Emily Newman Gantz, Organic Consulting Program Manager, and Scott Stoll, M.D., Co-Founder of The Plantrician Project.

Comprised of multiple modules, “Being a Regenerative Consumer” will cover topics such as:

  • Definitions of organic, regenerative, and regenerative organic farming and food
  • What lives in the soil and why soil health matters
  • The impact of eating organic food on combatting disease and human health
  • Regenerative organic agriculture’s capacity to mitigate climate change
  • How to make a difference as a consumer with 5 action steps

Rodale Institute’s virtual courses consist of a curriculum of videos, case studies, resources and assessments created by Rodale Institute staff, scientists, partners, and farmers. Participants can view the modules at their own pace and as often as they like.

Each course offers rolling enrollment and does not expire, encouraging participants to fit the course into their schedules. Once registered, participants have unlimited access to the course across all devices and receive a Certificate of Completion upon conclusion.

Rodale Institute has been researching regenerative organic agriculture for over 70 years, and using that research to help farmers, scientists, and the public better understand the benefits and best practices of growing food organically. This platform allows the organization’s world-renowned expertise to be shared globally on-demand.

Additional courses in Rodale Institute’s growing digital library include Transition to Certified Organic, Hobby Beekeeping, Getting Your Organic Certification, and more. Visitors can also use Rodale Institute’s Virtual Campus to access partner courses, such as Master Pests, Diseases & Weeds with Rodale Institute Ambassador Joe Lamp’l of Joe Gardener.

Rodale Institute continues to expand virtual learning and engagement opportunities to make regenerative organic agriculture topics more accessible, including a virtual reality farm tour that can give anyone a 360° view of Rodale Institute’s headquarters from anywhere in the world.

Rodale Institute also continues to offer virtual and in-person workshops, webinars, and events open to the public. Find previously recorded virtual workshops and webinars here.

To register for courses, or to learn more about Rodale Institute’s Virtual Campus, visit

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