We recognize that access to the organic and “good food” movements, and to organic certification has not been equal across all communities and groups. Systematic racism has kept our movement from reaching its full potential.  Organic Farmers Association (OFA), the National Organic Coalition (NOC), IFOAM North America, the Accredited Certifiers Association (ACA), and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) have been meeting since the beginning of 2021 to discuss our shared desire to support building a more diverse, inclusive organic movement.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Presentation: History of Racism in US Agriculture & Organic

Organic organizations have recognized the need for training providing baseline knowledge and common language around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across the organic community. This presentation, delivered by Beth Schermerhorn and Asha Carter from Cambium Collective with the input of the steering committee and focus groups, will provide an overview of systemic racism in organic agriculture systems, data on current demographics surrounding organic farmers, consumers, and service providers, and existing policies contributing to or remediating discrepancies.

The presentation will be delivered virtually and recorded.

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Registration closes Monday, December 6th

Project Background

The most recent Ag Census data shows that Black, Indigenous, and other people of color are underrepresented in farming, including organic farming.

Additionally, there is a critical lack of racial diversity in the population of organic certifiers, organic inspectors, and in the staff of organic farm organizations providing much of the nation’s organic technical assistance and educational programming.

We recognize that the organic community needs some basic training for certifiers, inspectors, technical assistance providers, farmers, and staff at organic educational organizations. We need training focused on:

  • the legacy and history of race in food & ag systems
  • how institutions and systems produce unjust and inequitable outcomes
  • how to remove barriers within their organic organizations

We also need to support each other in making progress in our efforts to tackle systemic racism in our organizations and in the broader organic community.

This project is supported through funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, National Organic Program. Learn about the other projects funded here.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Alice Runde, Project Manager.