About the Paleo Foundation
In September 2009, Paleo Foundation founder Karen Pendergrass was diagnosed with a myriad of health conditions, including Celiac Disease, Liver Disease, and PCOS, and turned to the Paleo Diet for an alternative to ineffective pharmaceuticals. Soon thereafter, a heated argument with a misinformed butcher ensued over a product that was blatantly mislabeled, and she realized that misleading labeling practices had been contributing to her inability to improve her health. It was in that moment that she decided that the integrity of the ‘Paleo’ label would need to be safeguarded, and that there needed to be a better way to easily identify foods that met the tenets of the Paleo Diet.
After some research, it was clear that she was not alone in her frustration, and that mislabeling practices were rampant within the food industry. Unaccepting of the status quo, she decided she would take matters into her own hands, and sought help from her mom, Kimberly Eyer. The two moved to Los Angeles, California, and established the Paleo Foundation on January 1st, 2010— less than 3 months after the argument. That January, the first Paleo Certification was introduced to help the Paleo Community easily identify products that met the strictures of the diet, while maintaining the integrity of the ‘Paleo’ label. Since then, thousands of products have been certified by the organization.
However, the goal of the Paleo Foundation is not only to help the Paleo Community find products and hold the standard, but also to improve accessibility of quality Paleo Products for all. Our vision is of a Paleo Movement that is formidable enough to effectuate political, agricultural, and healthcare changes globally. This is the dream that drives us to do what we do, because we believe this is needed now, and what will be needed in the future to empower us to improve the state of our health, and our planet. With every new product certified, and with the ongoing support of the Paleo Movement at large, we believe we can see our dream of a better future to fruition.
Welcome to The Paleo Foundation: Home of the World’s First, Most Trusted, and Official Certification of the Paleo Movement™.