Origins & Evolution of the Organic Farming Movement


Workshop audio recording from the 2016 MOSES Organic Farming Conference.


Roger Blobaum and Jim Riddle
Saturday 1b

Get to know the history of organic certification, state organic programs, the Organic Foods Production Act, the National Organic Standards Board, and recent attempts to mobilize public support for organic research, market expansion, certification cost sharing, and organic integrity.

Roger Blobaum, an award-winning agricultural consultant, has been a leader in organic farming research, education, advocacy, and policy-making since the early 1970s. He cochaired the coalition of organizations that shaped the 1990 Organic Foods Production Act. He directs the Organic History Project, a collection with the Wisconsin Historical Society documenting the organic and sustainable farming movement.

Jim Riddle has been an organic farmer, inspector, educator, policy analyst, author, board member, and organic leader over the past 30 years. He was founding president of the Winona Farmers’ Market Association and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA). He is co-author of the International Organic Inspection Manual for training organic inspectors. He currently manages organic research grants for the Ceres Trust, and owns and operates Blue Fruit Farm.