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Acclaimed experts to speak on organic agriculture at Eco-Fair
by Jim Karpen

The Review, Vol. 19, #17    Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
29 May 2004

Eco-Fair 2004 is coming to Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, June 11-13 and will include talks by experts, tours of greenhouses, vendors selling natural products, a mini-film festival, entertainment, and food.

The theme this year is 'Sustainable Organic Agriculture -- Expressions of Consciousness-Based(SM) Food Production,' and the emphasis is on growing food in a way that is healthiest for consumers and for the planet.

The talks will cover practical topics such as making fertile soil, obtaining organic certification, and growing organic flowers. Other topics will be more universal, such as the future of organic agriculture and the role of organic agriculture in sustainable community development.

Leading off the event will be the President of Maharishi University of Management, Dr. Bevan Morris, who will offer an introduction to Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture(SM). He will be followed by keynote speaker Fred Kirschenmann, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa and president of Kirschenmann Family Farms, a 3,500-acre certified organic farm in Windsor, North Dakota. He will look at the future of organic agriculture over the next 20 years.

'Demand for organic food has been growing rapidly all over the world,' he says. 'Meanwhile, agriculture is facing numerous challenges that will force industrial agriculture to make significant changes. Organic agriculture may be in the best position to lead this change -- or it could be left behind because it has itself emulated the industrial system.'

The featured speaker on Saturday evening will be Chris Maser, an author and an international consultant in forest ecology and sustainable practices. He has worked and/or lectured in Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Slovakia, and Switzerland, as well as in Canada and the United States. He will speak on 'The Role of Organic Agriculture in Sustainable Community Development.' He will also give a talk Saturday morning on sustainable forestry.

The dangers of eating food that isn't organic will be covered by Warren Porter, a professor of environmental toxicology at the University of Wisconsin, in his talk entitled 'Low-Level Toxicants and Their Effects on Humans.'

Some of the greatest expertise comes from the local Fairfield community, and again this year these experts will share their knowledge. They include Lonnie Gamble on the value of local agriculture, Joan Masover on socially responsible investing, Francis Thicke on soil fertility, Deanna Freeberg on growing organic flowers, Dawn and Bill Hunter on organic certification, Kent Boyum on Maharishi Vedic City Organic Farms, and Steve McLaskey and Tom Brooks on growing organic produce for the Maharishi University of Management dining hall.

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Copyright 2004, Maharishi University of Management

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