Pioneers

Organic Agriculture owes its continued existence to the hard work and perseverance of a few progressive minds, able to see beyond the hype of conventional farming practices. These progressive thinkers helped us  save many traditional sustainable practices, look critically at industrial agricultural systems, while at the same time developing new sustainable agriculture technologies. 

In the following you find a far from complete list of personalities crucial for the development of the Organic Agriculture idea and principles:

 Lady Eve BALFOUR

Rudolf STEINER

Sir Albert HOWARD

Masanobu FUKUOKA

 

Jerome Irving RODALE

Aldo LEOPOLD

William ALBRECHT

Louis BROMFIELD

 

Edward Hubert FAULKNER

Ehrenfried PFEIFFER

Alan CHADWICK

Alex PODOLINSKI

 

 

Organic (Ltd) Listing of Important Organic People



The Origins of the Organic Movement by Phillip Conford

The National Agricultural Library conducted oral history interviews with eleven people who provided leadership and inspiration in the field of alternative or sustainable agriculture. They are in the process of converting these to digital format. Three have been completed and are available online:
Wes JacksonRobert RodaleGarth Youngberg.

 
The University of California (Santa Cruz) has also recently completed a series of 58 oral history interviews with farmers, activists, researchers, and educators, documenting the history of organic farming in Central California from the 1960s to the present.