MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, US — The 7th annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum is planned Dec. 1-2 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, with a focus on the opportunities, innovations and challenges in the growing plant-based sector.

A demand for wellness-focused organic food, a concern for 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. It is predicted to grow to $15.6 billion by 2026.

This year’s forum 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; 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 US 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 US 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 US 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 ongforum.com.