Is it ORGANIC?
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Is it Organic?
I grew up on a grain farm and put myself through college by working the graveyard shift in a meat department. I am a communications consultant with two decades of experience in print, radio and internet. I’m also the author of the critically-acclaimed self-published book on the organic industry, Is it Organic?, a work which has garnered me a wealth of public speaking opportunities and allowed me to expand my network of contacts in the business and scientific sides of the modern agricultural sector.
I have a no-nonsense reputation for getting right to the point in an entertaining style that appeals to a broad audience. I am a Canadian living in America, and currently hold a B1 work visa which does not expire until 2022.
Bachelor’s Degree w/Honours (4-year) major in history from the University of Saskatchewan, 1991; Thesis: The Development of Nitrogen for Fertilizer and Warfare.
Agricultural and Food
Public speaker, National Speakers Bureau, 2010 to present
Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute, 2011 to present
Research Associate for The Frontier Centre for Public Policy, 2011 to present
Author of Is it Organic? The inside story of who destroyed the organic industry, Polyphase Communication, 2010
Public speaking engagements:
I have also provided expert testimony in legal cases in which law-abiding business people were unduly pressured by organic activists to curtail their operations.
Reports and Op/Ed Columns
TV and major print interviews I have given
2003 to 2006: When my wife and I moved to the Okanagan in 2003, I sold photocopiers and business software for three years while building my communications career. I worked for IKON Office Solutions in Kelowna, Gold Network Printing Solutions in Kamloops, and Windward Software Inc. in Penticton, and fulfilled 100% of sales quota in all three cases. I also had the opportunity to run three political campaigns.
1998 to 2003: Independent Organic Inspector performing over 500 inspections
Types of inspections performed include: crops (grains, pulses and green juicing crops); market garden (vegetables and herbs) including basic processing such as washing, milling and bagging; greenhouse (vegetables, fruits and herbs); orchard (fruits and basic processing); livestock (cattle, sheep, pigs, buffalo, chickens); basic processing (seed cleaning plants) and advanced processing (flower mill, pancake mix, muffin mix, slaughter/cutting/packing and meat processing); maple syrup inspections in Quebec (in French), Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont; wild rice in northern Saskatchewan, including stewardship and harvesting, seed cleaning, parboiling, bulk bagging, and retail bagging; nutraceuticals processing, encapsulating, packaging and brokering, as well as other types of warehousing and broker/trader.
USDA NOP (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, National Organic Program-accredited) private certifiers I worked for from 1998 to 2003:
During my rookie years as a contract organic inspector I also worked as a freelance writer for Saskatchewan Business Magazine, and drove equipment for Con Rep Services, a paving company in Saskatoon.
1991 to 1998
For consultations or expert testimony, please visit my new website:
Mischa Popoff, B.A. (Hons.) U. of S. and USDA-contract IOIA Organic Inspector
Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute
Research Associate for The Frontier Centre for Public Policy
Is it Organic?