REAL ORGANIC SYMPOSIUM
EVERY SUNDAY IN JANUARY 2021 - 5 sessions, 50+ speakers, 1 ticket
A virtual series of talks and panels with more than 50 prominent organic farmers, scientists, and climate activists
Session 1: What is the Real Organic Project?
January 3, 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
It's not an ordinary certifying organization. Tractor rallies, protests, grassroots gatherings, and passionate voices are the heart of the Real Organic Project. It represents the farmers who want to provide food the right way. No cutting corners. It's a group of people who care about agricultural systems and are fighting to reclaim the word "Organic" -- a word that was stolen by lobbyists and big agricultural corporations. It's a movement to provide the transparency that we need.
This is our story.
Session 2: What is Soil Health?
January 10, 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Soil is the source of life. It's home to a complex network of bacteria, viruses, minerals, fungi, worms, insects, and decaying organic matter, all of which work together to create an inexplicably nutritient-dense medium. It's the perfect elixir, forming the base of all terrestrial ecosystems' food webs. Just as energy passes through food chains, so do the minerals and micronutrients that are converted and mined by the subsurface biome -- signatures and gifts of the soil. What mysteries lie beneath the soil? Can soil be replaced by other mediums for growing food? How do we ensure that soil health is the center of agriculture?
Sessions 3: Farming and Climate
Session 4: Health and Nutrition
January 24, 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Stuart McMillan of Legend Organic Farm once said, "Organic agriculture is more than simply the presence or absence of pesticides." While the elimination of toxic pesticides and herbicides from food is certainly a step in the right direction, there's more to the equation when it comes to consumers' health. Let's take the example of an egg. An egg from a bird with limited outdoor access and an all-grain diet differs from a truly organic egg in more ways than just taste and appearance. The concentration of healthy cholesterol and omega-3's is also much higher in a truly pasture-raised bird. Our health depends upon knowing the difference.
Session 5: What Can We Do?
January 31, 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Healthy Food • Healthy Soil • Healthy Climate