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Organic in the Age of the “Super Audit”

The prominence and market share of Certified Organic agriculture have grown steadily since the formalization of U.S. standards in 2002, but the boundaries of what "organically produced" covers have not expanded much. Meanwhile, alternative eco-labels and market-based auditing have proliferated, promising to measure and verify non-GMO status, food safety, and labor standards, among other “good food” attributes.  Simultaneously, retailers and downstream buyers are creating "super audit" scoring systems, such as Whole Foods’ "Responsibly Grown" scheme. What is the role and value of organics in this context? Is this the best path for measuring achievements of “sustainability” and other values?

 

Track and Session Info

Track: 
Seasoned Farmers & Ranchers
Session: 
A | 8:30 am

Date and Location

Location: 
Chapel
Day: 
Thursday
Presenter(s): 

Liz Carlisle

Title: 
Liz Carlisle
Presenter Affiliation: 
UC Berkeley

Dale Coke

Title: 
Dale Coke
Presenter Affiliation: 
Coke Farm

Mark Lipson

Title: 
Mark Lipson
Presenter Affiliation: 
Molino Creek Farming Collective

UCSC-CASFS

Title: 
UCSC-CASFS
Presenter Affiliation: 
Pacific Plate Organics

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