Rodale Institute Launches Online Course for Regenerative Organic Consumers

Rodale Institute, the world leader in regenerative organic agriculture, has launchedBe a regenerative consumer“, a new educational course for anyone interested in learning the basics of agriculture, 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.

Registration for the course is free and accessible via

In this course, participants will engage with expert Rodale Institute staff on topics such as regenerative organic agriculture, nutrition, pesticides, and more in an easy-to-understand and digestible format.

“We wanted to create a resource for anyone looking for more information about what the labels on their food mean or the true impacts agriculture has on our health and our planet,” said Maria Pop, Director of Education. at the Rodale Institute. “This course provides all the foundation a person would need to begin changing their eating habits or getting involved in organic. As a leader in the field of regenerative organic agriculture, the Rodale Institute is proud to ‘offering the world-class knowledge of our experts for free to ensure that the regenerative organic movement is accessible to all.

Instructors of the “Being a Regenerative Consumer” course include Dr. Yichao Rui, 40-year-old director of the Rodale Institute. Farming systems trial, Emily Newman Gantz, Organic advice program manager, and Scott Stoll, MD, co-founder of The Plantrician Project.

Composed of several modules, “Being a Regenerative Consumer” will cover topics such as:

  • Definitions of organic, regenerative and regenerative agriculture and food
  • What Lives in Soil and Why Soil Health Matters
  • The impact of organic food consumption on disease control and human health
  • Capacity of regenerative organic agriculture to mitigate climate change
  • How to make a difference as a consumer in 5 action steps

Rodale Institute Virtual Classes consist of a program of videos, case studies, resources and assessments created by Rodale Institute staff, scientists, partners and farmers. Participants can consult the modules at their own pace and as often as they wish.

Each course offers continuous enrollment and does not expire, encouraging participants to fit the course into their schedule. Once registered, participants have unlimited access to the course on all devices and receive a certificate of completion upon completion.

The Rodale Institute has been researching regenerative organic agriculture for over 70 years and uses that research to help farmers, scientists and the public better understand the benefits and best practices of growing food organically. This platform makes it possible to share the organization’s world-renowned expertise on demand.

Additional courses from the Rodale Institute’s growing digital library include transitioning to certified organic farming, hobby beekeeping, getting your organic certification, and more. Visitors can also use the Rodale Institute Virtual Campus to access partner courses, such as Master Pests, Diseases & Weeds with Rodale Institute Ambassador Joe Lamp’l by Joe Gardener.

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

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

To register for courses or learn more about the Rodale Institute Virtual Campus, visit