03/12/20: Friends, we have officially received word from Dartmouth that our Symposium will have to be put on hold* as their community takes precautions to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. We want to thank all of you for your enthusiasm for this event – as of yesterday, all 34 speakers were still planning to come and ticket sales were strong!! It has been heartening for all of us to see how much this group wants to meet and better the world! A great way to stay tuned about our future plans for both the Symposium and our add-on label is to be sure you’re signed up for our weekly newsletter. And please, stay healthy!!!!
*If you purchased tickets, you will receive an automatic refund via Eventbrite.
Real Organic Project Symposium:
April 3 & 4, 2020 | Dartmouth College | 9am – 5pm
25 speakers including keynotes from author Paul Hawken, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, iconic organic farmer Eliot Coleman, and astrobiologist David Grinspoon. Click here to buy tickets.
The Real Organic Project announces our second annual Dartmouth symposium, “Earth In Human Hands- A Path Forward.” Over two star-studded days, we will examine the ways in which agriculture impacts us as a species. Most especially we will look at how real organic farming is critical to our health, and even to our survival.
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Keynote Address: Saturday, April 4th with Paul Hawken
“Regeneration- Reversing the Climate Crisis in One Generation”
Our April 4th evening keynote speaker for the symposium will be Paul Hawken. Paul will continue the conversation that he began with Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. It has been two years since Paul edited this international bestseller. He is now working on the sequel, which will offer a specific path to global regeneration in one lifetime. Paul will share his rich thinking with us on how to work together as a species to transform our agriculture, silviculture, and aquaculture. Paul serves on the Advisory Board of the Real Organic Project.
Friday, April 3 Speakers
Collis Center, Dartmouth College
Dr. Linley Dixon, ROP Associate Director:
Ben Dobson, Hannah Smith-Brubaker, Dag Flack and Will Allen:
“Real Organic Farming For Climate”
“Organic on 70 square miles: connecting soil, human nutrition and climate”
“The Organic Supply Chain”
David Grinspoon – Keynote:
“Earth In Human Hands- How Do We Act On Our Beliefs?”
Forrest Town & Ralf Carestia:
“On The Road- Two Dartmouth Students Join The Real Organic Project”
“Lola’s Organic and the Invincibility of the Organic Movement”
Steffen Reese & Nora Taleb:
“Farmer led Add-on labels in the EU”
Steve Ela, Jesse Buie, Michael Sligh, Harriet Behar, Dave Mortensen – NOSB Members Testify!
“Can We Reclaim the National Organic Program? If So, HOW? If Not, What Then?”
Emily Oakley, Eliot Coleman, JM Fortier, Paul Muller:
“How Do We Keep A Strong Organic Movement with a Weakening National Organic Program?”
Friday, April 3, Collis Center, Dartmouth College 9am-5pm, $50 ticket – Click here to buy tickets.
Saturday, April 4th Speakers
Spaulding Auditorium, Dartmouth College
“What is the Real Organic Project?”
“Soil, Farming, and Nutrition”
“Social Justice In Agriculture. Farming As If Farmers and Farmworkers Mattered”
“The Organic Grain Fraud- Pulling Organic Down”
Dr. Tyrone Hayes:
“David Versus Goliath- One Scientist Versus Syngenta”
“Never A Better Time to Start a Real Organic Farm”
VT Lieut. Gov & ROP Farmer David Zuckerman:
“Organic Without Soil Is Like Democracy Without People”
“Exposing CAFOs in Organic”
“Erosion of Organic Integrity and the Rise of Plastic Farms”
“My Experience with the USDA”
“Organic Movement in Denmark: Hope For Our Future”
“Why A Real Organic Project?”
“The Generous Earth”
Paul will be introduced by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. Chellie has been a hero in Congress to organic farmers for years. She is still a Maine organic farmer herself. She continues to be one of organic’s strongest voices in government, calling for a return to the integrity that the National Organic Program was originally based on. Chellie came to Thetford three years ago to speak at the first rally for organic integrity, along with Senator Pat Leahy and Congressman Peter Welch. They joined a respected group of organic farmers on a wagon in a field. We were speaking to protect the organic movement we had all worked so hard to create.
Our daytime keynote speakers are Eliot Coleman and David Grinspoon. Eliot is a pioneering organic farmer, researcher, teacher, and author who has led thousands of farmers to choose an organic path. I am lucky enough to be one of his early students. His book, The New Organic Grower, has become a bible for many organic farmers. His many interviews, talks, and articles have helped hundreds of thousands of people to gain a deeper understanding of biological farming. Eliot doesn’t just teach techniques. He teaches ways of thinking. He remains deeply engaged in these public conversations about what “organic” means, often fighting to defend real organic against the corporate redefinition. Eliot serves on the Advisory Board of the Real Organic Project.
We are pleased to have Dr. David Grinspoon speak on April 3rd. David is a former NASA astrobiologist who has written the book, Earth In Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future, about the existential dilemma that we all face as we unwittingly transform Mother Earth. “The Anthropocene dilemma,” Grinspoon said, “is that we have global influence without global control. So far we’re acting like adolescent planet vandals.” The questions that he asks are the deep dilemmas that we must face as a planet altering organism.