Real Organic Project Virtual Symposium 2024

Real Organic Project logoReal Organic Project's 2024 Virtual Symposium consists of a virtual series of talks presented documentary style with more than 50 prominent organic farmers, eaters, scientists, chefs, and activists.

ONE ticket for TWO sessions! This virtual event will be held online with Zoom. Join us for these two special sessions on March 17th and April 7th!


Session 1 - March 17th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm ET
The Chickenization of Organic

Chickenization (noun): The process of chickenizing, making into a vertically and horizontally integrated industry with the power at the top.

Rapid consolidation across our food system is limiting consumer choices, inflating prices, and putting farmers out of business. As meat packers, grocery chains, and distributors absorb smaller players and increase their market power, we look to make sense of this grim new reality. How can US antitrust laws play a role in saving organic farmers and ensuring that real organic food remains available? Millions of citizens desperately want such food, and they are losing the choice. How can we best locate and use the institutional acupuncture points that will lead to the future we seek?

Session 2 - April 7th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm ET
In Defense of Biology

Do we need sophisticated tech and chemistry to grow our food today, or should we rely on age-old practices that embrace ecology and human wisdom? The current struggle between these two visions for our future is seen in the EU’s Farm To Fork proposal and the USDA’s submission to Big Ag. While the pesticide industry doubles down on false promises of higher yields and food security to nations that embrace their yet unproven Green Revolution, organic farmers point to the longtime success they’ve found building organic matter in soils and limiting pest and disease pressure by advancing biodiversity. Our USDA may not be interested in organic methods, but the rest of the world is listening and shaping their climate-friendly policies around these poison-free practices. How can we reshape our food system to restore our democracy?


March 17, 2024 at 3:00pm - 5pm
Zoom Meeting