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SUPER TOP SECRET PROJECT
The short version of the Paleo Foundation story begins with a fight in a grocery store over a misleading label in 2009.
After some further research, if was clear that deceptive mislabeling was rampant, and causing further health issues for the people who relied on it.
Fix the broken system ourselves, help people readily identify Paleo foods, and help shape the future Paleo Movement with honest and accurate labeling practices.
About Us : The Paleo Foundation
Established in 2010, The Paleo Foundation was first organized for the purpose of helping Paleo Diet Adherents easily identify products that met the basic tenets of the diet. Since then, thousands of products have been certified through the Certified Paleo, Paleo Approved, Paleo Vegan, and Paleo Friendly Certification Programs.
100% of Paleo Foundation revenue is generated through these certifications. We do not accept donations, corporate sponsorships, or financially benefit from the sales of any paleo certified products, product promotions, or partnerships with industry contacts or retailers.
The Paleo Foundation Consensus Report (PCR)
In loose terms, the Paleo Diet is a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans before the advent of agriculture. These foods included meat and seafood, nuts and seeds, roots and tubers, and fruits and berries. The diet of our ancient Paleolithic ancestors presumably excluded dairy, grains, and highly refined foods. Unfortunately, the food landscape has changed significantly in the past 10,000 years, which makes defining items that fall into 21st Century Paleo Diet a bit… tricky. Because the diet is theoretical in nature and up for wide interpretation, no one single ‘Paleo Diet’ definition exists, and disagreements over specific food items and processing among the Paleo Community is common.
Our aim with the Paleo Foundation Consensus Report (PCR) is to provide a comprehensive look at various arguments made by the Paleo Community, and to offer a definitive guide and current Official Paleo Status for foods and ingredients. We do so by taking several factors into account, including current research, archaeological records, paleogenetics, sustainability concerns, proposed health benefits, and input from various leading health experts of the Paleo Movement.
How we determine Paleo Certification Standards:
The Paleo Foundation develops Certification Standards from a mixture of input from various experts in the Paleo Movement, community input, and from logically and critically assessing arguments for the inclusion or exclusion of specific foods. After all, the Paleo Diet is a theoretical template, and logic must be taken into account when making determinations for an entire community.
Paleo Approved, Certified Paleo, Paleo Friendly, and PaleoVegan Certification Programs:
Each Paleo Certification Program has a different set of standards. For the absolute strictest standards, Paleo Approved certifies farms, ranches, and single-ingredient products. Certified Paleo, the most popular of the Paleo Certification programs certifies products that contain Paleo Diet ingredients, but have some 21st century processing methods allowing for shelf stability. The Paleo Friendly Program allows for products that are generally regarded as gray-area products such as kombucha, dark chocolate, and even grass-fed dairy.
What does the Paleo Foundation Do?
A lot, actually. But first, we are home to the world’s first and largest Paleo Certifications.
Believe it or not, there are 5 different certification programs, each with its own set of standards. The only notable difference is Paleo Approved, which has an inordinate number of standards which are individualized by animal, and operation type.
When was the Paleo Foundation established?
The Paleo Foundation was officially established January 1st, 2010 by Karen Pendegrass and Kimberly Eyer.
Yes, we are OGPaleo.
Which Certification Program is the most popular?
Certified Paleo. Hands down.
There are over 180 different companies as well as thousands of products that have completed the Certified Paleo program to earn the rights to use the trademarked labels.
Which program has the strictest Standards?
Each animal has a lengthy set of standards that the farmer or rancher has to meet to enter into the Paleo Approved program.
Who wrote the Standards?
The standards for the certification programs were a community effort, with heavily weighted input from Paleo Movement leadership, Paleo Community, and even some Paleo Diet detractors— just to keep it real.
Does the Paleo Foundation accept sponsorships?
We do not.
Our priority is maintaining the integrity of our Paleo Certification Standards.
Does the Paleo Foundation profit from the sales of Certified Products?
Nope. And we never will.
Our priority is maintaining the integrity of our certification standards. But, if a company does well it does make us look cool.
Why are non-food items like skincare Certified Paleo?
The skincare industry is ratchet. So when a company has a product with clean ingredients, and is made from non-carcinogenic foods, we get behind them and their mission.
And because they are awesome.
Can I put ``Paleo`` on my products without certification?
The USDA and FDA have both sent companies to us to validate ‘Paleo’ claims on packaging. So, we don’t suggest it. But, that will depend on your product as well.
What you definitely want to avoid doing is putting our trademarks on your packaging.
Does the Paleo Foundation have a Diet Plan?