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Why climate activist and drag queen Pattie Gonia is taking a stand for regenerative agriculture

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From taking the train instead of the plane to following a strict plant-based diet, there are plenty of ways to minimize our individual carbon footprint. For drag queen and climate activist Pattie Gonia, small but consistent lifestyle changes are key. Among them is buying from brands that focus on regenerative agriculture.

We spoke with Pattie Gonia to find out why regenerative agriculture is so important for a more sustainable future and all the reasons we should seek out farmers and brands investing in regenerative organic farming practices as it unfolds. was launching a campaign with TAZO tea.

Can you tell us a bit more about what regenerative agriculture really is?

It’s climate change mitigation, it’s food security, it’s agriculture that takes care of people and the planet and I believe that’s the future and the action we need to see the brands take. At its core, regenerative organic farming – the path taken by TAZO – looks like repairing soils and enhancing biodiversity as a way to sequester carbon. But holistically, it’s also about caring for the people and animals that are also part of the process, with fair wages, strong ethics, and strong connections to every piece of the regenerative organic agriculture puzzle in the shared ecosystem framework.

The practice is an age-old agricultural approach pioneered by indigenous farmers that gives back to the health of the soil, the ecosystem, and the people who depend on the land. Today, experts like the Regenerative Organic Alliance have defined regenerative organic agriculture as an approach that embraces soil health while prioritizing animal welfare and worker equity.

TAZO is currently working towards regenerative organic certification for its entire product line and is a proud ally of the Regenerative Organic Alliance.

Why should environmentally conscious consumers care about regenerative agriculture?

I think we should care about regenerative agriculture because agriculture accounts for a lot of our carbon emissions – and a lot of what we do, eat, drink. Ensuring we can shift to regenerative agriculture will be key to meeting carbon targets. Regenerative practices are key to improving soil health, human health, and worker justice and, therefore, bringing intersectional climate justice to agriculture.

While legitimate regenerative agriculture is great, how can consumers avoid companies that engage more in greenwashing than real change?

It’s harder than ever to tell who is greenwashing and who is not. So my rule is: I seek action. Action, action, action. What has a brand actually done? What are they doing right now? What are their ethics and morals? What is their plan for the future? I’m blown away by what TAZO has done over the past two years to completely rethink their supply chain, transition to regenerative agriculture, and earn certifications such as USDA Organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified, and Fair Trade USA Certified™ for their new range of regenerative tea. On top of that, TAZO has put its money where it’s at when it comes to partnerships like their partnership with Rodale Institute for their Regenerative Launch.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to live a sustainable life, but might feel overwhelmed with the question of how to make a difference?

I rely on the words of a climate elder of mine, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. “Ask yourself: What makes me happy? What is the job to do? What are you good at? At the intersection of these questions will be your unique course of action.

Do whatever you can to eliminate shame from your life [when it comes to] environmentalism. Shame never works as a motivator. Be kind to yourself. Pursue sustainable environmentalism.

Do you have anything else to tell us about climate activism?

Nature is so strange. No planet, no pride. Please come out. You are loved.


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