State of Science :: Events & Presentations
Debate on the "Motion" -- Organic Food is Marketing Hype
An Oxford-style debate was held in New York City on April 13th addressing the "motion" that "Organic food is marketing hype."
"Alternatives to Antibitoic Use in Food Animal Production"
Slides from a March 2, 2010 briefing on Capitol Hill lay out a compelling case for passage of the "Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act."
"Exposition Paths of Neonicotinoids"
A German scientist summarizes recent findings showing that bees are exposed to nicotinyls through drops of moisture emitted by plants.
"Promoting Sustainable Food Systems through Organic Agriculture: Past, Present and Future"
Overview of the benefits of organic food and farming published by the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Assocaition.
AAAS Session 2009 -- "Living Soil, Food Quality and the Future of Food"
The Organic Center, in cooperation with Washington State University, organized and sponsored a symposium at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
"War on Bugs" Workshop Presentation at EcoFarm 2009
Presentation by Chuck Benbrook at the 2009 EcoFarm meeting on the trend toward systemic pesticide technologies.
"Nutritional Superiority of Plant-Based Organic Foods" Presentation at Ecofarm 2009
Overview of new science on the nutrient density of organic versus conventional food, and discussion of the prospects for the organic food industry to pursue "qualified health claims" under the "FDA Modernization Act."
Rachel Carson Memorial Lecture -- "Prevention, Not Profit, Should Drive Pest Management"
The Organic Center's Chief Scientist gave the 2008 Rachel Carson Memorial Lecture in London, U.K. on December 4th. This annual lecture is sponsored by the U.K. branch of the Pesticide Action Network.
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting -- 2008
Overview of recent science on the nutrient content of organic versus conventional foods presented at the annual meeting of the APHA in San Diego, California on October 28, 2008. Six slides to a page (pdf file).
2008 American Dietetic Association Presentations
October 27, 2008 presentations by Chuck Benbrook and Helen Costello at the 2008 anual meeting of the ADA in Chicago, Illinois (pdf files).
See also the "Organic Q&A" disseminated during the ADA meeting by Organic Valley.
Oregon Tilth 2008 Annual Meeting Presentation
Presentation by Chuck Benbrook on recent science shedding light on the nutritional quality benefits of organic food.
"The Organics Debate: Is the Premium Worth It?"
Presentation by Chuck Benbrook as part of the Institute of Food Technologists' webcast on the organic premium.
"Enhancing Food Nutritional Quality and Human Health Through Organic Farming Systems"
Presentation by Chuck Benbrook at the Second International Symposium on the Human Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables held in Houston, Texas, October 10-13, 2007.
"Connecting Dots" at the Kickapoo Country Fair
Chuck Benbrook tries to connect some of the key dots linking today's food system challenges with pragmatic, cost-effective organic food and farming solutions.
"The Impacts of Yield on Nutritional Quality: Lessons from Organic Farming," ASHS Meeting
A special symposium at the annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science focused on a key question that lies at the heart of several ongoing Organic Center projects.
Society for Nutrition Education Presentation
A wide-ranging presentation of new science supporting the benefits of organic food and farming was well received at the annual meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education.
2007 EcoFarm Pesticides Workshop
Overview of new information on pesticide use and risks presented during a pesticide workshop at the 2007 EcoFarm conference in Monterey, California.
"Farming for Food Quality," WA Tilth-WSU Symposium
A symposium entitled "Farming for Food Quality" was held November 11, 2006 in Vancouver, Washington. The event was organized by Tilth Producers of Washington and Washington State University, with support from the Organic Center and several other sponsors.
"Quality of Organic Foods" Session at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Institute of Food Technology
"Addressing the Quality Value of Organic Foods to Satisfy a Dynamic Organic Market," a symposium during the 2006 annual meeting of the IFT.
Western Organic Dairy Conference
Presentation by Organic Center Chief Scientist Dr. Charles Benbrook at the 3rd Western Organic Dairy Conference in Eureka, California, March 18, 2006. Focus is on the impact of organic production on cow health and milk quality.
2006 AAAS Annual Meeting Pesticide Symposium -- Part I
Organic Center sponsored symposium "Opportunities and Initiatives to Minimize Children's Exposures to Pesticides" held at the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS)annual meeting.
Part I: Presentations by Dr. Alan Greene
Dr. Charles Benbrook
2006 AAAS Annual Meeting Pesticide Symposium -- Part II
Dr. Alex Lu "Environmental Health Perspectives" article and Powerpoint presentation delivered at the Organic Center organized symposium at the 2006 annual meeting of the AAAS.
2006 AAAS Annual Meeting -- Understanding and Nourishing the Roots of Food Quality
The typical American diet contains too many calories, too much added fat, sugar, and salt, and not enough fiber, fruits and vegetables. The nutrient content and quality of several foods has declined over the last half-century as a result of how food is grown, processed, and prepared. The "Roots of Food Quality" Symposium, organized by Organic Center board member Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, reviews these trends, identifies some root causes, and presents encouraging data showing that organic farming can enhance the concentrations of essential nutrients and antioxidants.
Mark Davis BioFach Presentation
Update by Organic Center former CEO R. Mark Davis on the state of organic research in the United States.
2006 AAAS Annual Meeting Pesticide Symposium -- Part III
Part III of papers and materials presented at the 2006 AAAS annual meeting symposium on pesticides and children's risks.
New Insights on the Consumer Benefits of Organic Food and Farming
Update by Chuck Benbrook on recent science on the benefits of organic food and farming, presented at the 2006 EcoFarm "Research Update" session.
Presentation to the 15th IFOAM Organic World Congress, Adelaide, Australia
See what R. Mark Davis, CEO of The Organic Center, had to say about everything from TOC's strengths, long-term goals and published reports to the Center's consumer education efforts. Also access here a copy of the September 23, 2005 "Adelaide Declaration" adopted at the close of the 15th Organic World Congress.
Connections Between Organic Food, Healthy Children, and Lifelong Well-Being
2005 ExpoEast Presentation by Organic Center Board member Dr. Alan Greene and Dr. Chuck Benbrook, Organic Center Chief Scientist
Congressional Briefing on Organic Food Safety
Dr. Mary Mulry, a member of the Center's Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) presented an invited briefing to members of Congress and their staff on the impacts of organic food production and processing on food safety.
A Bill of Goods: Agricultural Policy, Trade and Technology Innovation Since the Mid-1990s -- Presentation to the Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference, February 2004
Keynote address and accompanying paper by Organic Center Chief Scientist Dr. Charles Benbrook. Delivered before the 2004 MOSES annual meeting in La Crosse, Wisconsin.