This show aired on September 24, 2014:
- Guest(s): Dr. Jessica Schade & Gwendolyn Wyard
- Click here to view the Blog Post Recapping this Episode.
Talking All Things Organic!
Tune in on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EST) as we discuss all things organic with Dr. Jessica Shade of The Organic Center and Gwendolyn Wyard of the Organic Trade Association. On the show we will discuss organic standards, organic labeling, frequent organic misconceptions and much more. We will address the question: Does organic actually provide nutritional benefits that cannot be obtained from conventional food? We will also help alleviate the confusion of food labels. For example, natural does not mean organic. No question is off-limits as we dive into all things organic.
Featured Guests to Talk About All Things Organic
Dr. Jessica Shade
Dr. Jessica Shade is the Director of Science Programs at The Organic Center, where she leads projects associated with communicating and conducting science supporting the benefits of organic. Dr. Shade started her involvement in the organic movement as an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was a co-owner of the Kresge Natural Foods Cooperative. During her time there, she developed a deep interest in the science supporting the environmental, public health, and cultural benefits of organic practices, and that passion followed her through her graduate career at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology. In addition to scientific research, Dr. Shade is interested in creative approaches to conducting, disseminating and communicating environmental research.
Gwendolyn Wyard has been actively working in the organic industry for 17 years. She serves as the Regulatory Director of Organic Standards and Food Safety for the Organic Trade Association (OTA). In this capacity she works on the development of policy strategy through regulatory engagement in the interest of OTA’s mission and its members. Gwendolyn also serves on the Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI) Board of Directors in the OTA designated seat and she serves as Technical Representative in North America for the Global Organic Textile Standard. Prior to OTA Gwendolyn worked for Oregon Tilth where she served as the Technical Specialist specializing in policy analysis and technical review of materials for use in organic products. Gwendolyn completed her certificate as an independent farm and processing inspector through the International Organic Inspector’s Association (IOIA) in 1997 and has subcontracted for multiple certifiers inspecting a diverse range of operations.
Do You Have a Question About Organic?
Do you have a question regarding organic? Feel free to mention it in the comments below, or Tweet it using #LNTradio. We will plan to address it during the show!
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