GREENFIELD, Mass. (April 19, 2001)—The Mayor of Austin, TX, has declared May 13-19, 2001, "All Things Organic Week" in honor of the Organic Trade Association’s "All Things Organic"™ Conference and Trade Show, slated for May 17-19, in Austin.
Speakers chosen for the conference will represent all aspects of the organic industry and industry observers. Guest speakers will be commentator Jim Hightower and journalist Michael Pollan, both of whom will be available for book signings. Pollan will open the conference with a talk on "Botany of Desire" and later lead industry panelists in a lively forum exploring differing business approaches in the expanding organic industry.
The conference will feature three general sessions, each with four breakout sessions. General session topics are:
- All Things Organic—New Standards, New Regulations: The Organic Industry Meets Its Future
- Staying Power—Staying Competitive in a Changing Environment
- Organic Outlook 2001—Deep Roots, Still Growing: Where Do We Go From Here?
In addition to Hightower and Pollan, other speakers will include:
- Regulatory views: Kathleen Merrigan (former administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service), Keith Jones (National Organic Program), David Arvelo (FDA’s SW Regional Office), Carolyn Brickey (National Organic Standards Board), Leslie McKinnon (Texas Department of Agriculture), Bob Uram (Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton), Susan Stewart (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), Leslie Fair (Federal Trade Commission), Barbara Robinson (USDA’s Transportation and Marketing Division)
- Grower views: Pam Saunders (Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative Inc.), Dave DeCou (Organically Grown Co.), Robert Quinn (Quinn Farm and Ranch)
- Manufacturing, retailing, broker, distributor views: Phil Margolis (Neshaminy Valley Natural Foods, Howie Ross (Organic Planet), Kim Burton (Smucker Quality Beverage), Michael Funk (United Natural Foods), Gene Kahn (Small Planet Foods/General Mills), Dave Montgomery (Wholesome Sweeteners), Chuck Marcy (Horizon Organic Dairy), Peter Shortridge (Northland Organics), Mark Retzloff
- Observer views: Jim Cameron (Cameron Communications), MaryEllen Molyneaux (The Natural Marketing Institute), Laurie Demeritt (The Hartman Group), David Feder (Lifestyle Magazine), Ken Roseboro (The Non-GMO Source)
- Developing market views and pioneers: Heidi Holt (Nike), Mike Italiano (Sustainable Products Corp.), Susan Hussey (Aubrey Organics), Michael Crooke (Patagonia), Sandy Gooch (Sandy Gooch Enterprises)
- Certifier/inspector views: Andrea Caroe (Quality Assurance International), Joyce Ford (Independent Organic Inspectors Association), and Marty Mesh (Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers)
- International influences: Gunner Rundgren (IFOAM), Robert Duxbury (Sainsbury), Dominic Dyer (Food and Drink Federation), John Stalker (Weetabix).
- Consultant and investor views: Bob Durst (Simple Organic Solutions), Doug Lehrman (North Castle Partners), Mike Russell (Gene Scan USA Inc.), Scott Van Winkle (Adams, Harkness, & Hill).
Educational sessions are slated Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18, with special workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The trade show will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Details from http://www.ota.com or Eurich Management (517-327-9207; Eurichmgt@aol.com). Corporate sponsor is United Natural Foods, Inc.
April 19, 2001
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