Jeffrey Smith FounderThe Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT)Anti-GMO expert Jeffrey Smith is founder of The Institute For Responsible Technology. He is one of America’s leading experts on the subject of genetically modified foods and the dangers they pose to human health and the environment. Jeffrey is internationally known as best selling author of several books on these topics.
Ronnie Cummins Founder, National DirectorOrganic Consumers Association (OCA)Ronnie Cummins is founder and Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), a U.S. non-profit. He is also editor of OCA’s website and newsletters Organic Bytes and Organic View. He has served as director of US and international efforts such as the Pure Food Campaign, and Global Days of Action Against GMOs.
William Woys Weaver Food Historian, Author, Seed SaverThe Keystone Center for the Study of Regional Foods and Food TourismWilliam Woys Weaver is an internationally known food historian. He maintains the Roughwood Seed Collection of approximately 4500 varieties of food plants. He has written 16 books and hundreds of articles. Will has been a regular contributor to The Heirloom Gardener. He has received many publishing awards, including three IACP cookbook awards.
Dave Murphy Founder, Executive DirectorFood Democracy Now!Dave Murphy is the founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now!, a grassroots movement of more than 300,000 American farmers and citizens dedicated to reforming policies relating to food, agriculture and the environment. He has fought to expose the flaws of industrial agriculture and to help create a more sustainable future for rural America. His writing has appeared in The Nation, The Hill, Huffington Post and New York Times. Dave is a board member of the Iowa Organic Association.
Errol Schweizer Senior Global Grocery CoordinatorWhole Foods MarketErrol Schweizer is Senior Global Grocery Coordinator for Whole Foods Market. He has dedicated his career to improving the landscape of the natural and organic food industry.
Irina Stonescu Food Researcher, Historian, ConsultantIrina Stoenescu is a food researcher and historian who works as a consultant to private enterprise, governments and industry for agricultural development and food security programs.
Jere Gettle OwnerBaker Creek Heirloom SeedsJere is owner of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, the Petaluma Seed Bank, and Comstock, Ferre & Co in Westhersfield, Connecticut. He and his wife Emilee have authored two books, published by Hyperion. They also publish The Heirloom Gardener quarterly magazine.
John Jeavons President and Executive DirectorEcology ActionJohn Jeavons is President and Director of Ecology Action, with 42 years of biologically-intensive farming experience, director of global and local education programs. He has authored or edited more than 250 “how-to” publications on biointensive sustainable growing.
John Valenzuela PresidentCalifornia Rare Fruit GrowersJohn Valenzuela is President of Golden Gate Chapter of California Rare Fruit Growers. He is an horticulturist, consultant and educator who has returned to live in Northern California after being based in Hawaii for 15 years.
Joseph Simcox Botanical ExplorerWorld Botanical Research AssociatesJoseph Simcox works as a generalist to identify the world's food plant resources and promote the use and improvement of thousands of species to ensure food security for all.
Ken Greene Founder Hudson Valley Seed LibraryKen Greene is founder of Hudson Valley Seed Library, a project he germinated in a small town library that has now blossomed into an innovative online seed library, artisan seed company, and heirloom seed farm. The Seed Library is dedicated to producing seed for home gardeners and small farms, fostering a regional seed-saving community, and celebrating seeds through art.
Mac Condill GrowerThe Great Pumpkin PatchMac books countless speaking engagements, workshops and trade shows throughout the US. Mac and his family are owners of The Great Pumpkin Patch, The Homestead Bakery, and Homestead Seeds on property the family first homesteaded in 1859. He is dedicated to preserving the family tradition of preserving heirloom Cucurbit seeds.
Shoshanna Easling OwnerThe Bulk Herb StoreOwner of The Bulk Herb Store, Shoshanna Easling grew up gardening with her family and has always grown medicinal and culinary herbs.
Vani Hari Food ActivistVani Hari started foodbabe.com to spread information about what is really in the American food supply. She teaches people how to make good purchasing decisions at the grocery store, how to live an organic lifestyle, and how to travel healthfully around the world. Success in her writing and investigative work can be seen in the way food companies react to her finding and exposing the truth.