The three day Organicology Conference focused on the future of organic food and farming.
Trump's immigration ban was a big topic of conversation among the hundreds of farmers, producers and food industry experts. Attendees sampled organic treats like romanesco broccoli and watermelon radishes as they discussed workplace culture and market trends. Perhaps the largest issue on attendees' minds: labor, or a lack thereof. (The farm labor impacts of the ban were also the subject of a blog post Research Editor Kim Moore wrote last week).
Here are a few highlights from the eighth annual conference.
On profits: 2% increase customer retention = increase costs by 10%. A 5% reduction in customer loss can increase profits 25% #Organicology— Oregon Business (@OregonBusiness) February 3, 2017