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Organic & Non-GMO Forum Explores Plant-Based Future

Forum will take place in Minneapolis next month, in-person, December 1-2

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The seventh annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum will take place in Minneapolis next month, in-person, December 1-2, and focus on the opportunities, innovations and challenges in the burgeoning plant-based sector.

Propelled by market drivers including a rise in demand for wellness-focused organic food, a stronger concern for natural, more sustainable products and a desire to lessen the environmental impact of animal production, the global plant-based protein market has grown to a value of $10.3 billion, and is predicted to be worth $15.6 billion by 2026 (with 7.2 percent CAGR).

So how do producers, processors, manufacturers, buyers and more keep up with the trajectory of this sector and its potential to affect their businesses? They attend the Organic & Non-GMO Forum for the most up-to-date outlook and strategic insights from leading experts.

This year’s keynote speaker, David Hightower, founder of The Hightower Report, which publishes one of the most widely read daily commodity wires in the world, will start the day-and-a-half conference off discussing sustainability and the unprecedented inflation that organic and non-GMO grains are now facing.

Continuing the conversation at the event will be speakers from Bühler Group, a multinational plant equipment manufacturer; The Rodale Institute, which leads the way in organic agriculture research; Mercaris, a market data company covering the organic sector; Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance (SSGA), a national association of companies focused on production, processing and shipping of U.S. Identity Preserved field crops and their related products worldwide; and Motif FoodWorks, Inc., an innovative startup that is reinventing the way science is applied to make plant-based foods better tasting, more nutritious and more sustainable.

For this event – which traditionally includes attendees from at least seven countries and 30-plus U.S. states – conventional food and specialty ag decision-makers gather to network with those in “the know” and delve deeper into topics, such as the below, which are highlights from the 2021 agenda:

  • Dethroning King Corn: The End of an Era?
  • Understanding the Organic Consumer
  • Connecting the Dots in Global Trade
  • Emerging Opportunities for U.S. Producers
  • The Quest for Sustainability in Farming
  • Understanding the Plant-Based Consumer
  • A Path to Increased Organic Acres

For more information on the Organic & Non-GMO Forum, visit

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