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2015 Soil Not Oil International Conference
Practicing Sustainable Agriculture to Restore Ecosystems and Mitigate Climate Change

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has joined the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in declaring 2015, The International Year of Soils. This campaign is designed to bring attention to the integral role soils play in food production, water quality, climate change and environmental ecosystems, as well as farm and range sustainability and resilience.

Inspired by Dr. Vandana Shiva’s book, Soil Not Oil, the 2015 Soil Not Oil Conference examines the crisis on food security while highlighting the implications of oil based agro-chemicals and fossil fuels in soil depletion and climate change. The first edition of this conference will focus on educating, through national and international experiences, about the multiple problems and possible practical solutions that surround the profound consequences resulting from synthetic enhanced agriculture in industrialized nations.

As an international platform to share, learn and launch campaigns in support of restoration of ecosystems, more than 60 speakers – from farmers, activists and community organizers to scientists and elected officials – will share their perspectives and present alternatives to solve one of the most important problems that humans face today.

The conference organizer, Soil Not Oil Coalition, is a cross-sector, multi-level and inter-ethnic alliance of organizations, scientists, farmers, businesses and individuals dedicated to working on a variety of issues related to regenerative agroecology, biodiversity and air, water and soil quality. Join international leaders, farmers, scientists, community members and environmental and food justice advocates for workshops, presentations and networking opportunities.

Get the knowledge you need to support the movement and advocate for a sustainable future for all living beings. What you grow in, matters.

Soils Not Oil International Conference:
September 4 & 5, Richmond, California
Confirmed & tentative speakers will include Vandana Shiva (author of Soil Not Oil), Adelita San Vicente Tello, Miguel Altieri, Naomi Klein, Ignacio Chapela, Winona LaDuke, Devon Peña and Ray Seidler.

Supporters of this effort include: Acequia Institute, Amazon Watch, Biodiversity for Livable Climate, Biosafety Alliance, California State Grange, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Farmworker Families, Community to Community, Dr. Bronner’s,  Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, Food Democracy Now, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, Global Exchange, IDEX, NUTIVA Foundation, Organic Consumer Association, RSF Social Finance, Semillas de Vida and South Central Farmers Cooperative.

If you are interested in endorsing and partnering, please click here to contact us to find out more information about the coalition and how your organization can engage in the campaign and events.