Held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East, the All Things Organic Conference delivers a thought-provoking program with critical information on the issues that impact your organic business. Speakers will address a range of topics with the latest data and insights about the industry and so much more. See below for the sessions we have planned for 2019!
2019 Conference Sessions
Thursday, September 12
Organic: Moving the Ball Forward – Thursday 10:00-11:15 | Key Ballroom 6
The $52 billion U.S. organic industry has come a long way in the nearly 30 years since the USDA seal was introduced. But in an environment where political winds shift in an instant, fraud is a constant threat, and consumer expectations continue to evolve, what is needed to keep the label resilient into the next generation? Join Organic Trade Association’s CEO, Laura Batcha and other industry executives for a thought provoking discussion about the next evolution of organic.
Pittsburgh Preview: National Organic Standards Board Fall Agenda Overview – Friday 11:30 – 12:45 p.m.| Key Ballroom 5
The National Organic Standards Board is a volunteer advisory board that meets semi-annually to discuss issues and make recommendations to USDA on issues relating to organic, including the materials and practices permitted in organic production. This is your opportunity to learn about the issues and how to effectively advocate for a strong organic standard.
Digging into Organic Dairy – Thursday, 1:00 – 2:30 | Key Ballroom 6
At nearly 14% of the total market for U.S. organic products, dairy is a major driver of dollar and volume sales in organic. But for a second year running, the category has struggled to maintain positive growth. Hear about new groundbreaking research, the consumer trends and market factors affecting this sector, product innovations poised to bring excitement to the category, and regulatory developments in this iconic organic set.
Organic 201: Labeling claims for non-food products – Thursday 2:45-4:00 | Key Ballroom 5
Shoppers choose to shop with you because they trust you to curate an assortment of high quality products with strong organic integrity. But labeling requirements are very different when it comes to non-food organic products such as fiber, personal care and household cleaners. Don’t get lost in the gray area! Spend an hour with our panel of experts to understand the labeling landscape and know what to look for to assure you are providing a full complement of trusted of organic products throughout.
Friday, September 13
Of Plants & Plastics - Friday 10:00 – 11:15 | Key Ballroom 6
The role of plastics in agricultural production
There’s a lot of conversation around plastics in packaging. But from mulch to pots for seedlings and the houses where they are grown, there’s a lot of plastic in modern agricultural production. We’ll explore the specifics through the lens of innovation and continuous improvement in organic production.
Exploring Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice – Friday 11:30-12:30 | Key Ballroom 6
The Organic Center Presents: Soil & Climate Connection – Thursday 1:00-2:15 | Key Ballroom 6
The food system is in a dangerous predicament—it's a significant contributor to one of its own biggest threats—climate change. 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. This session will share results from The Organic Center’s ongoing research on how organic management techniques foster healthier soils and sequester more carbon, leading to more resilient crops and greater yields.
Organic International Trade Briefing – Friday 11:30-12:30 | Key Ballroom 5
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