What is Organic

Dip into the Science at Expo East

The Organic CenterWhile canoeing in Montana this summer, I was fortunate enough to paddle next to an esteemed scientist. Her passion for encouraging our youth to participate in areas of science and research was contagious.

I understand how breakthroughs in emerging science can give meaning and understanding to the rapidly changing world we live in. The same can be said for the science of understanding the benefits of organic agriculture and organic food. It behooves all of us to pay attention to the science as we navigate our way into the future.

You can dip into this reservoir of knowledge through The Organic Center events at Expo East. The schedule is below:

Thursday, Sept 26,

3:30 – 4:30 pm Apples and Oranges – Organic Icons at Risk. (Room 315)
Organic apples and oranges are iconic staples of the produce aisle, fruit bowl and lunch box.  Pending changes to organic rules and mandatory chemical sprays to control invasive species will reduce organic growers’ options for managing diseases that can quickly devastate entire orchards. The two best-selling organic fruits may have many differences, but they are both at risk. Learn about the current challenges and the road ahead for organic tree fruit.

Friday, Sept. 27

12:45 – 1:45 pm The Buzz on Bees (Room 314)
The plight of honeybees is well documented, and their importance to agriculture is hard to overstate. Come hear about the latest research relating to bees as well as some innovative projects being undertaken to help them.
2:00 – 3:15 pm  The Organic Center: Organic Research Showcase (Room 314)
Join Jessica Shade, PhD., The Organic Center’s Director of Science Programs, for an update on research relating to the human and environmental health benefits of organic.
3:30 – 4:30 pm.  Talk to TOC: Exploring Organic Research Needs (Room 314)The Organic Center would like to hear from you about research needed in the organic sphere. Following a showcase of some of the latest academic studies pertaining to organic, share your input about what we still need to know regarding nutrition, environmental outcomes or other benefits of organic. 

Mark your calendars and set your navigational equipment to conference rooms 314 and 315 in the convention center.  Visit The Organic Center at booth 2205, where you can sign up for the organization’s newsletter and the chance to win a free iPad. Don’t miss the OTC’s newly re-designed website, www.Organic-Center.org, which “Brings You the Science behind organic.”

The more you know about organic science the better you can communicate the benefits of organic to your friends and business associates.  The more we support science and research the more likely we will be to grow organic acreage and market share. Dip into the river of organic science and quench your thirst for knowledge. Let me know if you will attend.

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