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Organic Confluences Conference:

Moving the Dial on Climate Change

This year’s Organic Confluences Conference will take place in tandem with the Natural Foods Expo East on September 11th 2019, in Baltimore.


The Organic Confluences Conference brings together farmers, scientists, extension agents, industry members and key policy influencers to address large-scale challenges that the organic sector is facing. This day-long conference, organized by The Organic Center, will be held in conjunction with Natural Food Expo East in Baltimore.

This year’s Organic Confluences Conference will explore how organic can both adapt to our changing climate and be a force for climate change mitigation.

The food system is in a dangerous predicament—it’s a significant contributor to one of its own biggest threats—climate change. Climate change jeopardizes our food, water, and economic security, and delayed action could have catastrophic, and potentially irreversible consequences for our weather, sea levels, agricultural yields, and public health.

Fortunately, just as poor land-management practices are contributors to climate change, use of good on-farm practices can actually lead to climate change mitigation. Organic farming is poised to be part of the climate change solution, because organic farmers do not rely on fossil-fuel intensive synthetic inputs to manage pests or increase soil fertility, and they also use farming techniques that sequester carbon in the soil.

Farmers and food industry members are deeply vulnerable to the disasters brought on by climate change, but the level to which they implement or encourage climate-friendly practices is dependent on multiple competing factors, many of which will differ in importance based on the size of the company or farm, its geographic location, the commodities being produced, and current policies and government incentives.

This year’s Organic Confluences Conference will directly address the current impacts of climate change and best practices within the organic sector for mitigation and adaptation, while examining methods for encouraging the adoption of strategies for fighting climate change.

The conference will challenge the current thinking on climate mitigation with the understanding that multiple sectors and food system pathways must come together to make headway on this global issue. We will hear from stakeholders with diverse food system experience, from scientists to farmers to industry members, to provoke a better understanding of how large-scale, interdisciplinary collaborations are needed address climate change and its impact on our food security.  We will include cutting-edge innovations from the organic industry, which has been focusing its resources on climate mitigation and adaptation, to understand how these experiences and lessons can be used as a learning tool to advance climate-friendly techniques across sectors.

Our 2018 Organic Confluences Conference was our best yet! Click here for slides and last year’s agenda.