From the organic history book…..
NewHope360 is featuring the story of Bob Scowcroft. Just 30 years ago, the term “organic” wasn’t yet part of the average American’s lexicon. Bob Scowcroft witnessed the organic industry’s growing pains and was a key advocate in the movement.
He was a national organizer on pesticide issues for Friends of the Earth before being hired as the first executive director for California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in late 1987. He and the CCOF board founded the Organic Farming Research Foundation in 1990, where he later served as executive director for 20 years. In this three-part series, he recounts some of the watershed moments in the organic movement. The story is about how five people, in a wonderfully unexpected manner, met each other and in an hour’s time decided to write an organic research act. Part one of the story can be found here.
The Natural Products Expo West will take place in Anaheim, California, from 4 March to 8 March 2015. A session is dedicated to the people’s history of organic. Among the speakers is Bob Scowcroft. Irene Reti, director of the Regional History Project at UC Santa Cruz Library, will be speaking at the event too.
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