Organics 3.0 - The Evolution of the Organic Movement Andy Hammermeister, David Gould, Tia Loftsgaard

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Organics 3.0 - The Evolution of the Organic Movement Andy Hammermeister, David Gould, Tia Loftsgaard

The organic sector is entering the next stage of its evolution. The pioneers of organic agriculture recognized the “connections between the way we live, the food we eat, the way we produce that food, our health and the health of the planet”. The work and views of these pioneers led to the development of the organic movement (Organic 1.0), and eventually to the development of the standardized and regulated production system which we have today (Organic 2.0). Organic agriculture has proven to be a successful and viable model of production, but organic has expanded its profile from being just food to becoming a “lifestyle” with the introduction of organic clothing, cosmetics, bath aids, etc. But even with organic production growing to over 2 million producers in over 80 countries, growth in sales (demand) has outpaced growth in production (supply) and only 1% of our global agricultural land is organic.  The world is facing tremendous challenges in relation to food supply/security, climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, resource depletion. Are we satisfied to remain as a profitable niche market serving the northern hemisphere with only niche impact on global issues? Was this the vision of the organic pioneers? The global leaders of the organic movement say “No, this is not enough”! So “Organic 3.0” was established as a global discussion about the next stage in the evolution of organic agriculture. What is your vision for how the organic movement should evolve in the Prairies, Canada and beyond?

David Gould
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)

david gould David Gould is North American representative and Program Facilitator for IFOAM – Organics International. He coordinates the Sustainable Organic Agriculture Action Network (SOAAN) and has been primarily responsible for the development of Organic 3.0. From a background in life sciences and alternative education models, David has over 20 years of experience on all continents and at all stages of the value chain both within and outside the organic sector. He is an expert in sustainable system design, regulatory frameworks, and stakeholder engagement. David lives in Portland, Oregon USA.  

Andy HammermeisterDr. Andy Hammermeister
Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada

Dr. Andy Hammermeister is the Director of the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Andy grew up on a mixed beef and grain farm in southeast Saskatchewan. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture with a specialization in Soil Science from the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his Master’s degree in land reclamation and PhD in Applied Ecology from the University of Alberta. Andy has worked with the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada since 2002, conducting or collaborating in research on grain and vegetable cropping rotations/systems, soil amendments, pesticide risk reduction in soybean, variety trials of soybean, low-till organic production, wheat, lupin and flax, oilseed pumpkin production, wireworm control, dairy production systems, landscape biodiversity, and most recently black currant and haskap management. As Director of the OACC Dr. Hammermeister also oversees Canada’s Organic Science Cluster, the coordinated national research initiative for organic agricultural research in Canada. Visit www.dal.ca/oacc for more information.


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