Last year there was a panel at the National Food Policy Conference on the
National Organic Standards. On the panel was Jim Crawford of New Morning
Farm (founding member of our grower's co-op and President), as well as
Kathy DiMatteo of the Organic Trade Association and Kathleen Merrigan of
the Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture (please pardon any
spelling mistakes). Jim mentioned to me afterwards that he was shocked to
hear a woman from the National Food Processors spouting a ton of
misinformation about both sustainable and conventional agriculture.
Definitely a good reason to make sure we are better represented...
Public Voice has organized this meeting in the past, and I assume they're
still playing that role. I've worked quite a bit with their director, Art
Jaeger -- he's a good guy. I know the meeting is funded in large part by
the major lobbyists/business associations, so it's no activist conference.
But I do think they employ the model of presenting panels with "differing
viewpoints," so I don't think proponents of sustainable agriculture would
be excluded. Are some of our sust.ag. community's experts going to be
P.S. I probably won't be there, but there's a good chance that some of our
co-op's parsnips, rutabagas, turnips, potatoes. celeriac, beets, arugula,
cress or mizuna might be on the menu (that is, if we haven't sold out by
then). The executive chef at the National Press Club is one of our best
customers! So even if some of these high-powered food lobbyists can't
"swallow" the ideas behind sustainable agriculture, they may be swallowing
the results! :^)
> From: Sustainable Agriculture Network <SAN@nal.usda.gov>
> To: sanet-mg (E-mail) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: National Food Policy conference--DC
> Date: Friday, February 26, 1999 12:07 PM
> I look at this conference and think that sustainable agriculture should
> (better) represented.
> Anyone planning to go?
> National Food Policy Conference
> Now in its 22nd year, the National Food
> Policy Conference is
> the premier national policy forum on
> agriculture, food and
> nutrition policy. The only gathering of
> kind to bring together
> representatives from all sectors of the
> food system, this annual
> conference has become a leading forum
> defining and
> addressing the critical policy issues of
> the day. The conference
> offers a unique opportunity for key
> in consumer and
> environmental organizations, federal and
> state government
> agencies, the food industry,
> academia, and the
> nutrition and health professions to
> experiences and
> exchange ideas.
> The National Food Policy Conference is
> in cooperation
> with the National Food Processors
> Association, and certain
> parts of the program are developed in
> partnership with the
> International Food Information Council.
> 22nd National Food Policy Conference
> The next conference be held in
> DC, March
> 15-16, 1999, at the National Press Club.
> Andy Clark, Ph.D.
> SAN Coordinator
> c/o AFSIC, Room 304
> National Agricultural Library
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