Debates on Hydroponics in Organic and Lab-Grown Meat Presented by Earth Tools

OEFFA is excited to offer two thought-provoking conference special events presented by Earth Tools:

The Future of Certified Organic and Hydroponic Production: A Congenial Debate

Friday, February 12—4:30-5:30 p.m. ET

Few questions have stirred up the organic community as much as this one: Can hydroponic farming systems be certified organic?

During this substantive and thoughtful “Oxford debate,” Dave Chapman, Executive Director of the Real Organic Project, and Kelly Damewood, CEO of California Certified Organic Farmers, will share their distinct positions on whether hydroponics can be consistent with organic principles and what our path forward on this contentious issue should be.

Dave and Kelly will each offer an opening statement in support or opposition of the resolution: “The future of certified organic production includes hydroponics.” The moderator and audience members will then be able to ask questions, and each will make a closing statement.

The audience’s position on the resolution will be polled before and after the debate to determine which side was able to change the most minds.

Up for Debate: Lab-Grown Meat

Saturday, February 13—4:30-5:30 p.m. ET

Many companies all over the world are developing “meat” products from animal cells cultured in laboratories. In December, Singapore approved lab-grown “chicken” for public consumption, becoming the first country to allow cultured meat to enter its commercial food supply.

Advocates promote this technology as environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free, but many questions remain about the veracity of these claims, the safety of this technology, and the regulatory environment it will be subject to.

We hoped to host a robust debate about the promises and pitfalls of lab-grown meat, but proponents declined to participate. Instead, Center for Food Safety Policy Director Jaydee Hanson will seed the conversation with an overview of the technologies involved, where they are in development, how they may or may not be regulated, and what we know and do not know about their impacts on the environment, animal welfare, and human health. Come to discuss your concerns and ask questions!

Click here to learn how to add your voice to these conversations and discover all that the OEFFA conference has to offer. These sessions are included in general registration.