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World’s Fair Expo 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 1:00pm to Friday, October 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

OTA is participating in the World’s Fair 2015 “Food 2.0” in the USA Pavilion October 5-9. A collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the James Beard Foundation, this one-of-a-kind pavilion features a vertical farm, interactive exhibitions, and daily programming all about our food system. OTA will lead a symposium on women in organic agriculture, organic agriculture and technology, and survey consumers and buyers about their opinions on USDA certified organic products. Contact Monique Marez with questions and follow @organictrade on Twitter for updates from Milan. Learn more about our esteemed panelists. 


Organic AgTech:  Exploring the Intersection of Organic Agriculture and Technology 
Wednesday, 10/7  |  4:00 p.m.  |  USA Pavilion,  Rooftop Terrace 
Join OTA for a discussion on organic agriculture and the increasingly common use of technology on the 
farm.  Inventor of the pavilion’s Vertical Farm Wall Dr. Nate Storey will discuss his innovative company Bright AgroTech how on farm technology is helping a new generation of farmers enter agriculture.  Dr. Storey is joined by Julie Versman of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI).  MBI develops bio-based products for pest management and plant health.   There is a growing debate around the use of technology and organic farming, come hear from experts on this trending topic. 
Women Leading the Organic Way   
Thursday, 10/8  |  3:30 p.m. reception to follow |  USA Pavilion, Boardwalk & Rooftop 
“Women leading the Organic Way” is a discussion with five of the most influential leaders in the fastest growing food sector in the world: Organics!  Panelists include Anne Alonzo,  Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA; Laura Batcha,  Executive Director & CEO, Organic Trade Association; Ariane Lotti, Farmer & Agricultural Entrepreneur, Tenuta San Carlo; Liz Neumark, Founder & CEO, Great Performances & Katchkie Farm 
15 Organic Myths, Busted in 15 minutes or less 
Friday, 10/9 |  11:30 a.m.  |  USA Pavilion, VIP Rooftop Terrace 
We've all seen the misleading headlines that organic can't feed the world and that it's not worth the cost—and it's time that we present the facts!  Come hear Laura Batcha, CEO & Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association bust 15 common myths about organics in 15 minutes or less! 
Agricultural Innovation – Planting the Seeds for a Sustainable Future 
Friday, 10/9  |  2:30 p.m.  |  USA Pavilion, VIP Rooftop Terrace 
This event is being hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce and the United States Sustainability Alliance.   Undersecretary Scuse will give the keynote and will be followed in a panel titled: “Trends in Ag Innovation.”  Note, OTA provided the theme for this event and will fill one seat on the panel.  Other panelists include: Laura Foell, U.S. Soybean Export Council; Luigi Coffano, Country Lead DuPont Italy; Paolo Andreone, Head of Marketing & Communications New Holland;  Dr. Sally Schneider, ARS Deputy Administrator for Natural Resources & Sustainable Agricultural Systems)