World renowned expert is one of two dynamic speakers at 2017 NOFA Summer Conference
Amherst MA: This summer Dr. Don Huber, a world renowned scientist in the study of how genetically engineered (GMO) foods and the herbicide glyphosate (the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup) are affecting our livestock and soil, will be speaking at the 43rd annual NOFA Summer Conference taking place at Hampshire College on August 11-13. With over 50 years of experience researching plant diseases around the world, the Purdue Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology will be speaking on his years of research in his keynote address on Saturday. Along with Dr. Huber the attendees will be able to hear Michael Phillips, renowned orchardist, speak on his powerful research into how mycorrhizal fungi can support soil fertility during Friday evening’s keynote address.
Every summer the Pioneer Valley is visited by hundreds of farmers and other sustainability minded individuals attending the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference. This conference, open to the public, is a gathering of organic farmers and gardeners coming together to take workshops, participate in activities such as a country fair and connect with other people seeking to learn how they can help create more environmentally friendly food systems on small and large scales.
One of the biggest threats to a thriving and ecologically sound food system is herbicides like glyphosate. “The fact that this and other herbicides are known to accumulate in fruits… raises questions about food safety, especially now that more than 37 million pounds of this herbicide are used annually in the United States alone,” Dr. Huber said in an interview for Food Democracy Now. In his keynote address, Dr. Don Huber will “illuminate the suspected effects of GMOs and the herbicide Glyphosate on biological systems at all levels, in soil, animals and humans alike.”
The director of the Massachusetts chapter of NOFA, Julie Rawson. says of Dr Huber, “I have been a fan of Don Huber for a long time. He has stood up against the ‘big boys’ on this issues of genetic engineering and glyphosate and taken a huge amount of heat because of his personal integrity. I am in awe of anyone who will put his or her reputation and vocation on the line for something that he believes in.” Rawson is equally excited to welcome Phillips. “Michael has spent his entire life as an earth steward,” says Rawson. “To be such a mentor to those who would raise organic apples – a very challenging crop for the Northeast – puts him right in the center of what is best about NOFA.”
With 130+ workshops, intensives, a youth conference, and more, the NOFA Summer Conference plays an important role in cultivating the grassroots organic movement in the Northeast, the largest such conference in the region.
The Northeast Organic Farming Association is a non-profit organization of over 5,000 farmers, gardeners, landscape professionals and consumers working to advocate for and educate about healthy food, organic growing practices, agricultural justice, and a cleaner environment.
NOFA has regional chapters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
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