Dr. Brian Baker

Brian Baker

Dr. Baker has conducted research in organic agriculture systems since 1983. He currently holds an affiliate faculty appointment at Oregon State University and a research appointment at Cornell University. He has also worked on projects with the University of Wisconsin and the University of California. Dr. Baker served as an International Research Networker for the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Frick, Switzerland. Prior to that, he was a Senior Research Fellow of The Organic Center. As a founder of the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), he filled many roles, culminating in his position as Research Director.

Dr. Baker grew up on a small family farm in upstate New York, and received a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley. A good portion of his career was spent with the California Certified Organic Farmers. He briefly served on the National Organic Standards Board and has actively participated as a member of the NOSB’s Technical Advisory Panel.

Dr. Baker is the President of IFOAM North America, and a member of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement’s (IFOAM) Standards Committee. He previously served on IFOAM’s Principles of Organic Agriculture Task Force. Dr. Baker has taught classes on organic farming and sustainable agriculture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Oregon, and the State University of New York at Alfred.