Shiftcon is excited to announce that Gary Hirshberg, the Chairman and Founding Partner of Just Label It and the Chairman and Co-Founder of Stonyfield Farm, will be speaking at our Thursday night reception sponsored by Only Organic.
Gary serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards including Applegate, Honest Tea, Peak Organic Brewing, Late July, Quantum Design, Glenisk, the Danone Communities Fund and the Danone Livelihoods Fund. In 2011, President Obama appointed Gary to serve on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He is a Co-Chair of AGree, an agricultural policy initiative formed by the Ford, Gates, Kellogg, Rockefeller, Walton and other leading foundations. He is Chairman and a founding Partner of “Just Label It, We Have the Right to Know,” the national campaign to label genetically engineered foods, and is co-author of Label It Now – What You Need to Know About Genetically Engineered Foods. He is the author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World. Gary has received twelve honorary doctorates and numerous awards for corporate and environmental leadership including a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the US EPA.
Like Gary and Only Organic, we believe Organic Food is important not only for our health, but for the environment, and the future of our planet as well. Encouraging growth in a market that fuels the kind of future we want is vital as the fight for our well being rages on. With organizations like Only Organic and passionate leaders like Gary, this growth will happen and our world will be a better place for it.
Why is Organic vital?
When you eat something labeled organic you know it hasn’t been exposed to toxic herbicides and pesticides. Studies have shown eating organic food for one week one week, can reduce pesticide levels in your body by 90%.
Organic food is nutritionally superior to its conventional counterparts. Organic milk has higher levels of healthy omega-3 fatty acids and lower levels of the unhealthy omega-6 fatty acids. In terms of produce, organic tomatoes are 50% higher in vitamin C and have a higher antioxidant capacity than conventionally grown ones.
Farms that practice organic methods are better for the environment and the health of the animals. The soil is richer in nutrients and less likely to experience common issues such a fertility, erosion, and pest problems. Animals raised organically are fed and taken care of without the use of GMOs and antibiotics.
As we continue to fight for labeling of GMOs and other toxic ingredients, there is something powerful we all can do. We can make a statement with our wallets. Choosing to buy organic at the supermarket forces companies to change their practices and formulas. The demand for organic products in the US continues to grow and is projected to keep gaining well into the future. Companies have already started to scramble as they have watched their profits decrease. Stores have expanded their organic selections and many have started private label organics. Together, we can continue to make a difference in the market all while we pursue the nationwide labeling of GMOs.