“My Time On The National Organic Standards Board”
Jay Feldman of Beyond Pesticides has an interesting outlook on the USDA organic program, which has grown into a $50 billion dollar industry since it began in the 1980s. In his opinion, this result was due to farmers themselves insisting that the program strive to be rigorous – something that can’t be overlooked and might in fact be the very secret to Organic’s survival and future growth.
More 2019 Real Organic Project Symposium Videos
Radiance Dairy, Iowa
“Ecology As A Model For Real Organic Farming”
Francis Thicke (Radiance Dairy, IA) offers scientific insight into how rich prairie soils can be built through proper management of rotational grazing. He also shares his concerns with the integrity of the USDA Organic label.
Full Belly Farm, California
“400 Acres, 3 Generations, And 34 Years Later: Why Real Organic Matters”
Paul Muller is an organic farmer and one of the great leaders of the Real Organic Project movement. His talk celebrates the constantly evolving community and soil community at Full Belly Farm in Guinda, California.
“Why Retail Stores All Look Alike And How ROP Can Stop It”
After helping Natural Grocers’s grow into a national chain, Alan explains how the consolidation of brands and distributors have made getting the products from small, local farms onto store shelves increasingly difficult.
Greener Pastures Chicken Farm, Texas
“Pasture Based Poultry And Domestic Grain In Texas”
Cameron Molberg of Greener Pastures Chicken Farm speaks of the stark contrast between a real organic, pasture-based, chicken farm and the CAFO detention camps that are now the standard in certified organic egg production.
The Milkhouse Dairy Farm and Creamery, Maine
“Real Organic Dairy Farming in Maine”
Caitlin Frame and her partner Andy Smith are first-generation dairy farmers in Monmouth, Maine with strong beliefs in giving their animals a good life. Caitlin speaks about the pain of having their contract with Horizon Organic terminated in the summer of 2018.