Recordings Only:  2023 Real Organic: At the Crossroads - Virtual Symposium

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Recordings Only: 2023 Real Organic: At the Crossroads - Virtual Symposium

A virtual series of talks presented documentary style with more than 40 prominent organic farmers, scientists, chefs, and climate activists.

By Real Organic Project

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  • 236 days 22 hours
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One ticket - two riveting and educational sessions

This event will was held online Feb 26th (Session 1) and March 5th (Session 2). This ticket provides unlimited-access viewing of the two session event.

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Session 1 : How Does Regenerative Differ from Organic?

We will discuss the history and meaning of the two terms. How have chemical companies worked to discredit “organic” while also embracing the term “regenerative”? Can both of these groups use the word without confusion and compromise? Finally, which version of regenerative are the billions of dollars in USDA funding for “climate smart” supporting? Can chemical companies that promote “no-till” practices using herbicides and fertilizers really be “climate smart”? In the face of powerful greenwashing, this session explores the question of how to promote a united, worldwide movement for a saner agriculture… and quickly!

Session 2: Is Tillage Evil?

We will talk about the dogmatic push to move all farmers toward “no-till” practices for better soil health. But, are the concerns around tillage justified, given organic farmers have increased soil organic matter for decades with tillage and cover crops? “No-till” outside of organic agriculture includes the termination of cover crops with herbicides, along with the continued use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. An unexpected side-effect of this chemical “no-till” includes increased run-off of surface applied fertilizers, soil acidification, and greater herbicide use. This has led some scientists to wonder whether the focus on soil health should be centered around the use of synthetics instead of tillage.

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