[montanafood_ag] Organicology: The Study of a Sustainable Food Future

Kristina Hubbard kristina.hubbard at gmail.com
Mon Dec 27 15:20:44 MST 2010

    *                  Organic Seed Workshops and Speakers at Organicology *

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*Portland, Oregon*

*February 10 – 12, 2011*


*Whether you’re a farmer, plant breeder or policy wonk, the 2011
Organicology Conference offers seed workshops and speakers for everyone.
Gather with the organic food and farming community for a three-day event to
discuss a sustainable food future. Agenda items focused on seed and
seed-related topics are listed below – from policy and seed production
intensives to organic plant breeding discussions and a seed swap. **For more
information, and to register, visit www.organicology.org*

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*SEEDS INTENSIVE – February 10*

Are you a farmer with basic seed growing experience interested in taking
your on-farm seed production to the next level? The Seeds Intensive offers
participants a deeper look at the fundamental techniques of seed production;
lessons in cover crop seed production methods for lettuce, onions, carrots,
beets, and a variety of Brassica crops; and guidance on how to improve seed
quality, manage isolation distances, avoid genetic contamination, and select
seed crops for local adaptation while maintaining healthy, diverse crops.

*Presenters:  Micaela Colley, Executive Director, Organic Seed Alliance;
Jodi Lew-Smith, Director of Research and Production, High Mowing Seeds; John
Navazio, Senior Scientist Research and Education, Organic Seed Alliance;
Joel Reiten, Seeds of Change; Don Tipping, Producer/President of Family
Farmers Seed Cooperative, Seven Seeds Farm.*

*POLICY INTENSIVE – February 10*

The organic sector had significant gains in the last Farm Bill. We’re a
growing body of producers, processors, retailers, consumers and activists,
and with additional efforts we can increase our impact on the 2012 Farm
Bill. Policy Intensive participants will discuss meeting goals in the next
farm bill cycle in the areas of organic research, conservation, GMOs,
competition, and other organic provisions. Participants will also discuss
messaging and leveraging our weight as an organic community, and how to
better engage food companies, farmers, and consumers in developing federal
food and farm policies.

*Presenters: Michael Sligh, Rural Advancement Foundation International;
Liana Hoodes, National Organic Coalition; Fred Kirschenmann, Leopold Center
for Sustainable Agriculture; Andrew Kimbrell, Center for Food Safety; Ariane
Lotti, Organic Farming Research Foundation; Eliav Bitan, New Era Agriculture;
Organic Trade Association (Laura Batcha).*


Organic Seed Alliance published the first State of Organic Seed Report and
Action Plan in 2010. The report includes results of a national survey
regarding organic farmers’ attitudes and experience with organic seed,
reports on organic breeding initiatives, GMO contamination risks and
approaches to solutions, and an analysis of challenges with recommendations
for collaboration from the organic community towards solutions. In 2010-11
OSA will host a series of ongoing listening sessions and discussion as a
follow-up to the report, encouraging additional farmer feedback, and
building regional coalitions and partnerships to implement the action plan.
Participants will be able to download the report prior to the discussion for
review, and share their own experience and vision for how to improve and
protect organic seed systems to meet the needs of organic farmers.

*Presenters will include professionals from seed industry, breeders,
farmers, and advocates working on issues of contamination and industry

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Farmers need varieties that perform optimally in organic systems yet most
varieties they rely upon were bred for and under non-organic conditions.
Learn about national collaborative efforts of plant breeders, farmers, and
seed companies to breed and trial varieties in and for organic systems.
Participants will learn how to get involved and how to access organic trial

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*Presenters: Micaela Colley, Executive Director, Organic Seed Alliance;
Stephen Jones, Director, WSU Research and Extension Center at Mt. Vernon,
Washington State University; Laurie McKenzie, Graduate Student, Oregon State
University; Jim Myers, Professor Dept. of Horticulture, Oregon State
University; Lane Selmen, Faculty Research Associate, Oregon State


The biotechnology industry and U.S. regulatory authorities both assert that
"co-existence" is a realty, yet many organic farmers and seed and food
companies already experience contamination of genetically engineered (GE)
material in their fields and food products. Participants will hear an update
on legal issues and cases involving GE crops and discuss why the regulatory
frameworks in place fail to protect the integrity of the organic label.
Discussions will also include the importance of a federal Farmer Protection
Act; Seed Matters, a new collaboration between advocacy groups and the food
industry on seed issues; and the roles of testing and labeling in tackling
the contamination problem.

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*Presenters: Matthew Dillon, Director of Advocacy, Organic Seed Alliance;
George Kimbrell, Senior Staff Attorney, The Center for Food Safety; Michael
Sligh, Director, Rural Advancement Foundation USA (RAFI).*

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*SEED SWAP – February 10*


*Stephen Jones – February 10*

Stephen Jones, Ph.D. Director, WSU Research and Extension Center at Mt.
Vernon Professor and Scientist, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
Washington State University Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research &
Extension Center.  “Breeding Wheat for Sustainable, Perennial and Organic
Systems.”  Dr. Stephen Jones received a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture
from California State University, Chico (1981), and a Masters of Science in
Agriculture (1987) and a Ph.D. in Genetics (1991) from the University of
California, Davis. He is currently director of the Mt. Vernon Research and
Extension Center. He teaches graduate courses in Advanced Transmission
Genetics and the History and Ethics of Genetics. Dr. Jones serves on the
Advisory Board of the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, and is a member of
the Board of Directors of the Organic Seed Alliance. His research has been
mentioned in Audubon, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, National Public
Radio, Bill Nye the Science Guy’s PBS show “The Eyes of Nye”, CBS News, the
documentary film “Not For Sale” and other national and international news

*Andrew Kimbrell – February 11*

Mr. Kimbrell became Executive Director of the International Center for
Technology Assessment (ICTA) in 1994 and also Executive Director of the
Center for Food Safety in 1997. He is one of the country's leading
environmental attorneys, and an author of several articles and books on
environment, technology and society, and food issues. His books include 101
Ways to Help Save the Earth (1990), The Human Body Shop, The Engineering and
Marketing of Life (1993), The Masculine Mystique (1995), Your Right to Know:
Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food (2006) and general
editor of Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture (2002) and
the Fatal Harvest Reader (2002). His articles on law, technology, social and
psychological issues have also appeared in numerous law reviews, technology
journals, popular magazines and newspapers across the country.

*Jim Hightower – February 12*

National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book,
Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim
Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of
the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families,
environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks. Twice elected
Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Hightower believes that the true political
spectrum is not right to left but top to bottom, and he has become a leading
national voice for the 80 percent of the public who no longer find
themselves within shouting distance of the Washington and Wall Street powers
at the top. Hightower is a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, spreading the
message of progressive populism all across the American grassroots. A
popular public speaker who is fiery and funny, he is a populist road warrior
who delivers more than 100 speeches a year to all kinds of groups. As
political columnist Molly Ivins said, "If Will Rogers and Mother Jones had a
baby, Jim Hightower would be that rambunctious child -- mad as hell, with a
sense of humor."

kristina.hubbard at gmail.com
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