Wanted: The next generation of organic leaders
By Natalie Reitman-White, Organically Grown Company
Natalie Reitman-White is the director of sustainability at Organically Grown Company.
With the daily barrage of reports on how diet affects America’s healthcare crisis, reports on national food recalls and the loss of American family farms, more of us are paying attention to what we eat and where it comes from.
An emerging “food movement” of shoppers seeking organic, regional, artisan and authentic food choices is spawning new businesses and shifts in old models.
As the organic foods movement continues to grow, there are many new questions and challenges that have emerged. One of the most important topics to consider involves the next generation of organic leaders.
What does our community need to do to help educate and guide the younger generation of forward thinkers? It is imperative that we transfer historical knowledge to preserve a united vision of organic agriculture. The world we live in today has a very different landscape, but many of the ideals and principles remain the same.
Next month, Portland will host a national discussion on our sustainable food future. The table will be set for lively debate and exploration of pressing topics such as how to market beyond the choir, protecting the integrity of organic products, nurturing the next generation of leadership, the rise of eco-labels, financing innovation, sustainable business practices and engaging institutions in purchasing sustainable regional foods.
This discussion will draw participation from the food business, including retailers, distributors, processors, chefs and farmers, as well as those interested in the connection between food and other issues such as educators, policymakers, environmentalists and health advocates.
This conference — see details here — is a must for anyone with an interest in what is next for food and agriculture.
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