Andre Leu and John Roulac of the opening plenary and invocation, join here to present studies and next steps for addressing climate change. Andre will share emerging research demonstrating that U.S. organic agricultural systems can equal or surpass yields of conventional systems. Several meta-studies from developing countries also show organic systems achieving significantly higher yields than traditional systems. A key outcome of this research is the finding that organic systems achieve higher yields than conventional systems in the weather extremes of climate change. John Roulac will speak to the larger picture, focusing on the Earth’s oceans and the policy steps that will be necessary to reduce and reverse climate change.
E | 1:30 pm
IFOAM Organics International
Andre Leu, IFOAM President, has launched a book titled The Myths of Safe Pesticides. Drawing from valid, peer-reviewed science, he challenges conventional farming methods by refuting the often-repeated myths that surround the use and understanding of pesticides. He exposes the dangers of these chemicals and advocates organic practices as the most viable for farming in the 21st Century.
GMO INSIDE, Nutiva
John Roulac is the founder of GMO Inside, a group dedicated to educating people on the dangers of GMO foods. John is respected for his expertise on whole foods, organic farming, hemp agriculture, forestry, permaculture, composting, and the conservation of water and energy. He helped jumpstart the modern home-composting movement in the early 1990s, successfully sued the US DEA to keep hemp foods legal in 2001, and is the author of four books on environmental topics with combined sales of over one million copies. John is the founder and CEO of Nutiva, the world’s leading organic superfoods brand of hemp, coconut, chia, and red palm superfoods.