Organic Educational Sessions at
All Things Organic at Expo East
Don’t miss these informative sessions at All Things Organic-BioFach
America at Natural Products Expo East at the Baltimore Convention Center Sept. 21–24. Here is a quick preview:
The opening day of
the conference hits
at the heart of sev-
eral issues critical to
the organic sector, including the preservation of organic seed stocks,
GMO policy and the evolution and implementation of the organic regula-
tions. To help orient conference-goers, the State of the Industry session
will illuminate consumer and business trends to watch.
• Organic: It all starts with seeds: 8 – 9 a.m., Room 315
• State of the Organic Industry: 11 a.m. – Noon, Room 314
• Hot Topics in Organic: The latest dirt on GMOs: 2 – 3 p.m., Room 314
• Organic Regulatory Update: 4 – 5 p.m., Room 315
Friday, 9/23: This year’s All Things Organic Conference features a
four-session track highlighting cutting-edge research relevant to organic.
Here, researchers and thought leaders will convene to discuss scientific
findings of consequence to organic production and products.
• Environmental Benefits: Climate change and water quality and use, 8 –
9 a.m., Room 314
• Organic Yields and “Feeding the World:” 11 a.m. – Noon, Room 314
• Health Benefits: 2 – 3 p.m., Room 314
• Research Track Plenary Session: 4 – 5 p.m., Room 314
*This session is for OTA Members only. OTA’s Annual Meeting will immediately
follow the plenary session.
Saturday, 9/24: The final day of the All Things Organic Conference
features several innovative sessions, highlighting a number of the ideas
that could define the future of the organic industry. Also featured will be
an introductory session for retailers new to organic, where they will learn
the basics about how to preserve organic integrity in their stores, and successfully market these value-added products to their communities.
• Organic Futures Market: Price Discovery & Demand Forecast:
8 – 9 a.m., Room 315
• Creating Breakout Growth for Organic with a Consolidated Industry
Campaign: 11 a.m. – Noon, Room 314
• Organic Retail 101: 11 a.m. – Noon, Room 315
Awards Gala. In addition, OTA’s Annual Awards Gala Wednesday
evening, Sept. 21, at the Maryland Science Center, will feature cocktails
with dinosaurs, dinner with a great city skyline view, and fantastic company as OTA honors Michael Funk and Mark Lipson with its 2011 Organic Leadership Awards. You can purchase tickets at
www.ota.com/allthingsorganic/annualdinner/ticket.html. For more information, including a full schedule of All Things Organic and OTA’s
Member Days events, visit www.ota.com/allthingsorganic.html.
Simply Organic Donations for
Organic Education, Research and
Development Surpass a Half
Coinciding with the celebration of its’ 10th anniversary, Simply Organic—an all-organic brand
from Frontier Natural Products Co-op—has surpassed the half-million-dollar contribution mark
through a recent donation made to the Midwest
Organic & Sustainable Education Service
percent of net sales on all Simply Organic spices,
seasoning mixes, baking flavors/extracts and baking
mixes, and uses it to support organic agriculture
through education, research and grower development. Additionally, a new You Tube video has been
posted to highlight the major milestones of Simply
Organic’s 10-year history, including key donations
of the SO1% Fund.
Recent contributions made with SO1% funds include a scholarship in perpetuity at the University
of California, Santa Cruz, in the Agroecology and
Sustainable Food Systems apprenticeship program.
After graduation, Simply Organic’s first scholarship
recipient, Evelyn Rosas, went to Washington, D.C.,
to intern for several months at the Organic Farming
Research Foundation, another benefactor of the
The SO1% Fund also donated nearly $30,000 in
2009 to provide organic agricultural training to 790
farmers in the mountainous regions of southwest
India. These funds were also used to reach out to
members of state and local governments on organic agriculture in this area as well.
The most recent donation of $10,000 went to
MOSES, which supports farmers striving to produce
high-quality, healthful food using organic and sustainable techniques. One way the organization ac-complishes these goals is through its annual
conference, which this year attracted more than
2,600 farmers, advocates, educators, and community members.
MOSES organization receives latest
Simply Organic donation