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Mischa Popoff

Organic Industry Expert, Public Policy Advisor, Author

Mischa Popoff is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Is it Organic? He is a Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute, a Research Associate for The Frontier Centre for Public Policy and has delivered many public addresses in defense of modern, science-based food production.

Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada


The Science of Organic Agriculture
Just when you thought the divide between organic and conventional farming couldn’t get any wider, along comes author Mischa Popoff to show that farmers are all essentially the same. There is really only one way to farm: with a firm foundation in science and always with the most advanced forms of technology.

Science and Technology Save the Environment
Being on the cutting edge of science and technology doesn’t mean an organic farmer has to abandon his desire to work in harmony with nature. Far from it in fact. Because, as Popoff demonstrates, science and technology saves the environment, preserves nature, and lessens humankind’s impact on the planet. Always has, always will.

Politics Get in the Way
Since the organic movement began, there was always recognition that science and technology would play a leading role. But this changed dramatically in the late 1990s when a group of urban activists lobbied Washington for what became the most important set of organic standards in the world, the USDA’s National Organic Program. And quite suddenly, science and technology was placed on the back burner in the organic sector, for purely political reasons.

Solutions for the planet
It’s time to end the false dichotomy that exists between organic and conventional farming. With a lifetime of experience in the business, Popoff shows how.

  • We got great feedback! In fact, your book and your talk are the sensible answers to a longstanding issue between conventional and organic folks. You stimulated thinking about just what organic is, and where all the organic food is really coming from, mostly unregulated for veracity and food safety. Your suggestions for changes enlightened the crowd.

    - Maine Department of Agriculture
  • He was authoritative, informative and entertaining, and I would recommend him to anyone who wants a speaker who’s willing to tell it like it is.

    - Greenspirit Strategies
  • This young and up comer did a truly extraordinary job unlike I have witnessed in quite some time. He educated and entertained for nearly 90 minutes and totally commanded the interest of just over 400 in attendance. - Executive Director, Far West Agribusiness Association

Summary Profile

Mischa Popoff is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Is it Organic? He is a Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute, a Research Associate for The Frontier Centre for Public Policy and has delivered countless public lectures in defense of modern, science-based food production.

Unlike some critics of the organic industry, Popoff supports the principles of organic farming. He grew up on an organic grain farm in Saskatchewan and worked in the organic industry as an advanced organic farm and process inspector. As such, his lectures inform both supporters and detractors of the organic movement, employing the right balance of science and history, showing where the organic movement got it right in the early part of the last century and where this multi-billion-dollar industry went horribly wrong beginning in the late 1990s.

Popoff earned his B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan where he specialized in the history of the development of nitrogen for agriculture and warfare. He then inspected over 500 organic farms and processing facilities across Canada and the United States, earned HACCP-auditor accreditation, apprenticed four rookie inspectors under his wing, and organized the first sample-collection training course for advanced organic inspectors in North America. He left the inspection business when he realized there was no appetite in the industry to eliminate fraud and gross negligence and to improve upon the quality of organic food.

Since 2003, Popoff’s work to save the multi-billion-dollar organic industry from itself has been covered by Barron’s, The National Post, The Vancouver Sun, Epoch Times  (English Edition) and The Packer, as well as by many reputable websites including the American Council on Science and Health,American Thinker, BigThink and RealClearScience.[1] He has co-authored articles and reports with Dr. Jay Lehr, Science Director at The Heartland Institute, and Dr. Patrick Moore, author of Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout, and is currently working on a forthcoming paper on the need to unify the organic and biotech sectors with Dr. Klaus Ammann, Director of the Botanical Garden at the University of Bern.

Popoff’s talks have been referred to by industry professionals as “highly educational” and an “entertaining, truthful message about the organic industry presented in a fair and balanced method.”