Pam Ronald & Raoul Adamchak


UC Davis plant geneticist Pamela Ronald and organic farmer Raoul Adamchak will share the stage in explaining how the best practices of organic farming and seed technologies can be combined for the healthiest and most sustainable agriculture. 


In the debate around genetically engineered crops and organic farming, Pamela Ronald and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, are a truly unexpected duo. Pamela is a plant geneticist at the University of California, Davis. Raoul manages the organic farm on campus. Despite debates pitting one against the other, Pamela and Raoul contend that genetically engineered crops and organic farming practices can both contribute to an ecologically balanced agriculture. In 2008, they co-authored Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food, a book to educate shoppers who wonder what labels like “organic” and “GMO” really mean for your health and the environment.


Can This Scientist Unite Genetic Engineers and Organic Farmers?
Berlin J. National Geographic. 2015.

The case for engineering our food
Ronald P. TED 2015.

A Journalist and a Scientist Break Ground in the G.M.O. Debate
Little A. The New Yorker. 2014.

An organic farmer and a geneticist walk into a field
Doody D. Ensia. 2013.x

GMOrganic: A Botanical Love Story
News 21 Berkeley. 2011.
Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food
Ronald P, Adamchak R. Oxford University Press. 2010. 

The new organic – The future of food may depend on an unlikely marriage: organic farmers and genetic engineering.
Ronald P. The Boston Globe. 2008.

Pragmatic Sustainable Agriculturalists