Organic panel discussion addresses supply

Packer - CopyA workshop on “Scaling Up Organic” last week at EcoFarm was highlighted in a recent story from The Packer. Session panelists included Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director of OTA, Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group, and Mark Lipson a partner at Molino Creek Farming Collective and recent Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy Advisor at the USDA.  “To scale up on the production side at any level is going to require investment,” said Batcha. Getting new growers access to land, building storage infrastructure and withstanding early financial loss in the transition to organic are some of the barriers investment dollars have to bring down. Read the full article for additional insights on the challenges the organic sector faces in meeting consumer demand.

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