Vani Hari started FoodBabe.com in April 2011 to spread information about what is really in the American food supply. She teaches people how to make the right purchasing decisions at the grocery store, how to live an organic lifestyle, and how to travel healthfully around the world. The success in her writing and investigative work can be seen in the way food companies react to her uncanny ability to find and expose the truth. Vani’s activism brought national attention at the Democratic National Convention when she used her status as an elected delegate to protest in front of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on the issue of GMO labeling. Vani has been profiled in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, Doctors Show, NBC News, Fox News and is a regular cooking contributor on NBC’s Charlotte Today and food expert on CNN. Vani will be sharing her expertise on How Your Voice Can Change The Food Industry at the 2014 ShiftCon Conference. You can learn more about Vani and her hard work at www.foodbabe.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter. [hr]
A former food industry analyst, author, and mother of four, Robyn O’Brien triggered an allergic reaction in the food world when she asked a simple question: “Are we allergic to our food or what’s been done to it?” She brings compassion, insight and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that recent changes to our food supply are having on the health of families. Robyn has been called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by the New York Times, “an inspiring woman to follow on Twitter” by Forbes Woman and”visionary” by the Discover Channel. Robyn is the founder of the AllergyKids Foundation, and author of the critically acclaimed book, “The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It”. Robyn’s work is recognized and supported by individuals such as Dr. Oz, Ted Turner, Bonnie Raitt and Prince Charles and has been seen in the national media, as part of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and in short films and documentaries around the world. Robyn will be a keynote speaker at the ShiftCon 2014 Conference and will be sharing her expertise on the dangers of America’s food supply and her experience with protecting herself and her family. You can learn more about Robyn and her amazing work at www.robynobrien.com, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Gary Hirshberg is Chairman of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt producer, and Managing Director of Stonyfield Europe, with organic brands in Ireland and France. 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.
Alan Greene, MD, FAAP
Dr. Alan Greene is a practicing pediatrician and a leading voice in children’s health and the environment.
In 1995 he launched DrGreene.com, cited by the AMA as “the pioneer” physician Web site and was named “The Children’s Health Hero of the Internet” by Intel for his landmark work.
Dr. Greene is the author of several books, including Raising Baby Green and Feeding Baby Green. He was given the Healthy Child Award for Prevention for founding the WhiteOut campaign to change the way children are fed starting with their very first bite of solid food.
He is also the Chief Medical Officer of Scanadu, a pioneering company currently developing the first working medical tri-corder for consumers, and on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Lighting Science, a cutting edge company that is addressing how artificial lights impact health and Kurbo, the first proven program to combat childhood obesity using mobile tools.
Dr. Greene appears frequently in the media including such venues as the Dr. Oz Show, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America & The New York Times.
Mr. Lewis directs Government Affairs and Food and Agriculture Policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a 60-year-old health food store chain which operates 90 stores in fourteen Western and Mid-western states. He also oversees organic integrity, certification and compliance for the chain.
Mr. Lewis is active in several national trade organizations and is a member of the Boulder County, Colorado, Food and Agriculture Policy Council. His focus is on communicating with policy makers at the federal, state and local level using frameworks that are non-confrontational and inclusive. He has lived for extended periods in Portugal, Haiti, and Dominica, where he developed a keen appreciation for the variables of agriculture within ecological, cultural and economic contexts.
Alicia Voorhies, founder of The Soft Landing, LLC, is a Registered Nurse and unapologetic medical research geek. In 2007, she began working with her mom and sisters to educate parents about the dangers of toxic chemicals in everyday products and their effect on growing children. The Soft Landing team specializes childproofing in Kansas City and safe, natural living consultation. Their work has been cited by ABC News, Newsweek, New York Times, USA Today, Fox 4 News, KMBC 9 News, Better Kansas City, The Kansas City Star, National Geographic’s The Green Guide, Dr. Greene, Healthy Child Healthy World and the Environmental Working Group (EWG). You can find Alicia on Facebook, Pinterest, Google + and Twitter.
Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of www.TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Writer and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean’ recipes. Amie recently healed herself from a decade of chronic pain including Lyme Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Heavy Metals and much more exhausting every doctor in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating and Detox saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, organic, whole foods. Amie’s work appears on Martha Stewart, Fox News Health, WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Food Network, Glamour Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, Prevention Magazine, PBS and many others. Visit Amie on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest @TheHealthyApple.
Andrea is passionate about fitness, health, wellness and inspiring people to live their best lives. With over 30 years experience in the healthy lifestyle space, she has become recognized as a trusted expert and adviser. She speaks across the country with American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and other health conscious and corporate wellness audiences. She is a best-selling author, “Naked Fitness” (Vanguard Press), fitness DVD personality, personal trainer and considered one of Americas Top Fitness Experts. She is a fitness pro with the American Council on Exercise.With over a dozen appearances on the NBC TODAY Show and weekly appearances on NBC Chicago she has gained personal engagement with hundreds of people to lose the weight and change their lives forever.In addition she has been a regular contributor with nationally syndicated Better TV and cited in many media outlets include USA Today, Fitness, Shape, Prevention, Wall Street Journal weekend.
Raised by two hippies, it was inevitable that Angela would get really into the natural living lifestyle. She tried to rebel against it as a teen, but once she had children she slowly found herself converting to a healthier way of living.
Annabel Adams is the Los-Angeles-based writer and PR strategist behind the blog Feed Me, I’m Cranky. On her blog, she discusses life after a 150-lb weight-loss, food & obesity politics, Health At Every Size and vegan food. When she’s not blogging, she’s the director of communications for H.U.M.A.N. (“Helping Unite Mankind And Nutrition”) and the founder of Madcap PR. Annabel has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Fitness, Health, and Redbook magazines. Find Annabel on Twitter, Facebook, Google +and Pinterest.
Annelies Zijderveld has been working in food as long as she has been employable. From an early stint at a bakery while in high school to serving restaurant patrons during graduate school, the combination of hospitality and nourishing others through good food has made working in food for over a decade, a delight. As a chai-wallah, she has worked in tea and for over 4 years has been a whole grain ambassador and enthusiast, working at Attune Foods, a manufacturer of non-GMO cereals, granolas, organic grahams and probiotic chocolate bars, where she manages the online community for several brands including Erewhon Organic Cereals. Bringing people together over good food gives her great joy. Helping connect bloggers with food they care about puts a bounce in her step. Follow Erewhon Organic at @erewhonorganic. Follow her personal antics @anneliesz on twitter. [hr]
Ashley Koff is an internationally-renowned registered dietitian who believes better nutrition is simple and is on a mission to help people achieve their personal health goals by providing simple but highly effective tips and strategies. A self-described “Qualitarian,” Koff emphasizes the value of quality nutritional choices in achieving optimal health and developed tools such as The AKA Qualitarian Nutrition Plan and The AKA Personal Shopper to help people make better quality choices.
Widely sought after for her knowledge and ability to translate nutrition science into practical and motivating messages, Koff regularly appears on The Dr. Oz Show as well as on shows such as The Doctors, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Fox & Friends and twice monthly on Fox DC where she answers viewers questions for her “Ask Ashley Koff RD” segment. She is also frequently featured in and writes articles for national publications, including Dr Oz The Good Life, The New York Times, O!:The Oprah Magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Redbook, and Women’s Health.
A respected industry advisor speaking at conferences like Natural Products Expos East and West, Koff regularly shares nutrition expertise as a keynote speaker, panelist, emcee, and moderator with audiences nationwide. Koff has been recognized by Share- care.com as one of the Top 10 Social Health Makers in Nutrition and by the natural foods industry leader New Hope 360 as one of the leading “50 Natural Influencers” in health and nutrition to follow on Twitter. Koff was also named among the Top 10 Registered Dietitians in the US by Today’s Dietitian Magazine and the Best of LA’s “Nutrition- ist/Dietitians” by CitySearch, three years running.
Ashley is a former Kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom in the suburbs of the Nation’s capital. She has always been a passionate person who believes in living a healthy lifestyle. That lifestyle does not need to break the bank either! Ashley is the go to girl for her family, friends, and extended communities who are looking to make an organic, wallet friendly change.
Carrie Kocik is a communications consultant for organic food brands, working daily with bloggers to help bring them inside the industry to learn and discover what’s behind many of today’s better-for-you foods. Carrie knows working with bloggers is a two-way street and believes brands learn and gain just as much from these relationships. Carrie spent the beginning of her career as a business journalist and at PR agencies in New York, learning the communications ropes from some of the biggest brands in a variety of industries. She then worked at a PR agency in Boston where she was able to focus in on food, eventually jumping ship to work full-time for a client, Stonyfield Organic, as Director of Communications. Now as a PR consultant with her own growing business, Carrie is fortunate to be able to pair her passion for better food and better agricultural practices with her love of sharing stories and connecting bloggers with brands that can help make their lives a little better. Sometimes a lot better. She has recently worked with Organic Valley, Kingdom Cheddar, Hope Foods and other delicious brands helping to keep this great big world healthy and happy.
In 2006, Murphy moved back to Iowa to help stop a factory farm from being built near his sister’s farm. After seeing the loss of basic democratic rights of rural Iowans, Murphy decided to stay in Iowa to fight for Iowa’s farmers and rural residents and expose the flaws of industrial agriculture to help create a more sustainable future for all Americans.
In 2007, Murphy organized the Food and Family Farm Presidential Summit, where 5 of the 6 Democratic candidates pledged their support to help save family farm agriculture and he filmed then Senator Barack Obama’s now famous promise to Iowa farmers to label genetically engineered foods.
Previously, he has worked as an environmental and food policy lobbyist and political strategist. His writing has appeared in the Nation, the Hill, Huffington Post and the New York Times. Dave is known as the “big dude from Iowa” by friend and foe alike and is a board member of the Iowa Organic Association.
Culinary Instructor and Food Blogger.Chef Dennis can also be found on Google plus where he has become the resident expert for Food Bloggers around the world on how to use G+, and as one of Google’s Top Chefs. Dennis is also the founder of the G+ Food Bloggers Community and Hosts three weekly shows on Google+ “Good Day Google+” A variety type talk show ; “Around the Kitchen Table” A cooking show that is co-hosted with renown kitchen designer Susan Serra; “The Food & Booze Show” Showcasing local restaurants live at their locations which he co-hosts with Mia Voss. You can find Dennis on most social media as @askchefdennis and on Google+ as +Chefdennislittley Dennis is semi-retired and currently lives in the Orlando area with his wife Lisa.
Desiree Peeples is a mom, on-air personality, reporter, published author and blogger. She is the creator of MommyReporter.com and has a passion for living and sharing the raw vegan lifestyle.
Desiree has worked with many notable companies in online and offline media campaigns, including LogiTech, Proctor and Gamble, AT&T, Disney, PBS KIDS Sprout, The Dial Corporation, and Sky Angel, LLC. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Desiree currently is the head organizer of the Las Vegas Bloggers Meetup Group, a monthly meeting that connects local bloggers and digital media enthusiasts. She has one son, Kadin, who is six years old and an adopted female rat terrier named “Bentley.”
Emily Martin is a campaign manager with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Food team working on antibiotic stewardship in the livestock industry. She resides in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and their 3-year-old son.
She started blogging after eight years in corporate marketing when she decided to focus on social media consulting full time for fitness and fashion brands. Her story and writing has appeared in national media outlets including Ladies’ Home Journal, Health Magazine, the AP, New York Post, and more.
Emily resides in Lexington, KY with her husband David and pup Lilly.
Hanna Saltzman is the national campaign organizer for the Value [the] Meal campaign at Corporate Accountability International. She collaborates with health professionals, advocacy and research organizations, parents, bloggers, athletes, and students nationwide to build the grassroots movement to stop child-targeted fast food marketing. As part of this role, she directs the #MomsNotLovinIt online action component of Value [the] Meal. Before joining the campaign, Hanna worked with Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing, where she ran several local grassroots campaigns in various places across the country, including campaigns to label GMOs, reform agricultural subsidies, improve public transportation, and strengthen public water systems. Hanna graduated summa cum laude from Williams College in Massachusetts with a degree in anthropology. In her free time, she loves hiking, cooking, creative writing, yoga, spending time with friends & family, and exploring new places. [hr]
Jasmine Jafferali, MPH is a Corporate Lifestyle and Wellness Consultant in fitness, wellness, and nutrition. She is the creator of the Snack Smart Solutions app which was created on need that Americans are over snacking by almost 600 calories per day causing many to overeat. She realized that Americans were not eating proportioned snacks that was helping to sustain blood sugars and curb cravings. Each snack is balanced in terms of the amount of protein, fiber and good fats all under 200 calories. The app is available on iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon apps.
Jasmine is also a seasoned fitness and wellness professional having over 15 years of experience in the industry working a Fortune 100 companies and world class health clubs. Having an undergrad in Exercise Physiology, she is a personal trainer, certified perinatal trainer and group fitness instructor. She speaks on a variety of health and alternative health topics both publicly and professionally and meets with individuals who are looking to make positive lifestyle changes and transform their lives. Jasmine has appeared on WGN, NBC5, ABC7 and The Living Healthy Chicago show for fitness and her gluten free lifestyle.
Jasmine is a firm believer that true healthcare reform begins in the grocery cart. She realizes we all have choices when it comes to eating and how we care for our overall health and wellbeing. It is her mission to empower people to make the right food and health choices by staying away from chemical laden packaged foods and understanding alternative health options for better healing. She wants you to speak up and be heard for a better “well”care system. One that embraces exercise, fresh, quality foods, stress reduction, family time, sleep and one’s spiritual health.
Dr. Jean Layton solves problems for patients and brands. For patients, her background as a chef in New York combines with her medical knowledge to teach them how to Thrive Gluten-free For brands, her 7+ years of social media work, writing and photography combine to solve your marketing dilemmas. Follow her on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram
Lisa Johnson is highly regarded in the American fitness industry. She owns and operates Modern Pilates, an award-winning studio in Boston, and has quickly established herself as a writer of integrity on all things fitness.
As a trainer who is “in the trenches” working daily with people since 1997, Lisa brings a unique perspective to both her fitness philosophy and teaching. She is not only an active fitness professional but also knows how to translate even the most complex movement to the average Jane.
Lisa has appeared as a fitness expert in The New York Times,Glamour, Family Circle, The Boston Globe, Entrepreneur, Inc., and on CBS News. She was a columnist for Pilates Style Magazine from 2006 through 2008 and her blog, “Lisa Johnson Fitness: One Body … Treat it Well” has over 2.5 million page views. She ranks #1 on the web influence metric site Klout for the keyword Pilates.
Lisa‘s first two fitness DVDs, “Modern Pilates with Lisa Johnson” and “Body Physica: INTENSE,” were released in December of 2012.
Lisa is co-founder and associate director of Food Democracy Now!. For nearly a decade, Lisa has focused on creating a local food system in Northern Iowa, working to connect consumers with farmers who raise and grow food sustainably. During the past several years Lisa has organized dozens of events, including the Clear Lake Annual Earth Day Organic Lunch and also events surrounding the Iowa Farmer’s Union 2007 Presidential Summit in Des Moines, Iowa working to showcase local and organic food, farmers and opportunities for her native home in Iowa.
Lori has been featured on ABC World News, Boston News ABC and CBS and featured in the Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Woman’s Day, LA Times, Yahoo! Shine, Care2, Chicago Tribune and Bloomberg News.
Lori lives in the Greater Boston area with her three sons and her groovy husband. In her free time she can be found practicing yoga, pitching a baseball, running, cycling, skiing, reading, cooking, or trying out a new eco- friendly product.
Melissa Lanz is a former Internet marketing executive who quit her day job to promote health and happiness as daily habits.Founder of The Fresh 20, an industry leader in healthy meal planning, Melissa and her team reduce the consumption of processed foods at the family table. The Fresh 20 has introduced their meal plans to over 100,000 families across North America and beyond. At a time in our society when processed foods have become the go to meal in busy households, Melissa created The Fresh 20 to show families and individuals that there is a better alternative that is easier, healthier, and often less expensive. Melissa has been featured in Prevention, The New York Times, InStyle, USA Today, Family Circle, Working Mother, Parents, and a contributor to Shape Magazine.In the Spring of 2013 Melissa released The Fresh 20 Cookbook (Harper Collins/William Morrow ) and continues to promote nutritional education and healthy cooking through speaking engagements and appearances.
Mia Voss is an entrepreneur juggling several great ventures that all have one thing in common: building a stronger community. Mia is well known on Google Plus & YouTube for her Hangout On Air programs: The Mia Connect Power Chat, a weekly program that consistently brings in a large audience as well as high levels of engagement between guests and attendees. Each week Mia showcases innovators & influencers and showcases their smarts & skills to the world.
Penelope Jagessar Chaffer
Penelope is a multi award winning documentary filmmaker, writer, artist and children’s environmental health advocate and global environmentalist. Starting her career at the BBC in London, she is the first black, female director to be nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award, earning over 10 awards over the course of her career. A documentary auteur, her films display a singularly unique perspective on the world we live in with The Observer newspaper calling her work “a joy to watch.” Penelope is the creator of Toxic Baby, the documentary that looks at how chemicals in our environment affect the health and development of babies and children, which is being developed as the first ever interactive documentary app. She has been named one of the top 100 Green Online Influencers and is Healthy Child, Healthy World’s “Mom On A Mission 2010.” Penelope’s TED talk with Professor Tyrone Hayes “The Toxic Baby” based on her film has been viewed over 300,000 times. She is also an author for Toxipedia, writes her own blog and guests on others about living a less toxic life and writes for publications around the world. She is the mother of two and lives in New York City.
Sarah Kay Hoffman
Sarah Kay Hoffman is a professional healthy lifestyle blogger at A Gutsy Girl and the founder and (current) CEO of “A Loving Spoon” nut butters. Her early career began in various marketing, sales and communications positions across different industries, most recently with an emphasis on social media optimization, online community building and general marketing. She began A Gutsy Girl in early 2009 as a way to document her journey with food intolerance and Colitis, and in 2012 became a Holistic Health Coach in order to work with women who struggle with the same. In early 2013, A Loving Spoon, LLC was born out of Sarah’s desire to reinvent the everyday snack and dessert. The initial national launch with the first flavor, Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut Butter, is expected for March, 2014. When Sarah is not working, she lives for spending time with her new baby girl, Samarah, her husband, Ryan, and their two dogs. Find her on Twitter at @sarahkayhoffman.
Sara Snow is a Green Lifestyle Expert, TV Host and Author with a passion for healthy living and the creation of a more sustainable planet. As creator and host of GET FRESH WITH SARA SNOW and LIVING FRESH for the Discovery Networks, host of BIG GREEN LIES for the Fine Living Channel, as well as through her book, SARA SNOW’S FRESH LIVING, Sara shares a message of simple, attainable green living. It’s the same message she, daughter of organic-foods pioneer, Tim Redmond, grew up with. Sara is also a frequent public speaker and media contributor, having been seen on CNN, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The New York Times, Lucky Magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens, among others. Sara works closely with the non-profit groups Healthy Child Healthy World, EWG, The Organic Center and Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology. Sara lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and their two daughters. Learn more at www.sarasnow.com
Sarah Stanley is a wellness educator, endurance athlete, speaker, author, founder of #wellnesschat and wellprint. Passionate about healthy living Sarah lives what she speaks about, practicing an organic, whole foods, plant-based lifestyle that fuels her ultrarunning adventures and endurance training. A former organic farmer on one of the first certified organic farms in the country, her goal today is to empower others to be knowledge about what they put in & on their body so they can live a healthy, disease-preventative and happy life as well! She’s been featured in SELF, SHAPE, Ladies’ Home Journal and Washingtonian.
Stefanie is dedicated to publishing cutting-edge news that educates and motivates readers to become engaged in their community, adopt sustainable practices and support strong environmental policy. She is president of Expedite Renewable Energy, a consultancy company that project manages solar and wind projects, and works on energy policy on the local, state and federal level.
Stefanie chairs the Renewable Energy Committee for Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and is on the advisory board for Lake Erie Waterkeeper and GreenCityBlueLake Institute.
Tania Reuben is a passionate about “scents” education. Tania is best known as the founder of PureNaturalDiva.com and as the creative force behind Pure Natural Diva Botanicals she’s been called a maverick. The Pure Natural Diva adventure began in 2009, driven by a passion for helping others to find simple ways to live an eco savvy lifestyle. In 2012 Tania began to develop beautiful effective organic beauty products free of synthetic fragrance chemicals under the Pure Natural Diva umbrella. Tania gets around: She’s been featured on ABC News, CBS NEWS, Fox News, WBZTV, King 5, We Are Austin, and Martha Steward Living Radio. The Botanicals have been featured in Women’s Wear Daily, Fragrantica.com, Ca Fleur Bon, and Just Luxe to name a few. As a safe scents advocate, Tania has narrowed the focus of her eco savvy passion to focus on chemical & synthetic fragrance toxins that invade every facet of our lives.
Tshaka Armstrong brings an eye, ear and understanding for creating content that grabs viewers, “followers” and fans alike. With 19 years of award winning broadcast, writing/producing, promotions and real world digital engagement experience, Tshaka has unique insight into building a digital presence and messaging that is impactful, empowering and engaging. That insight is further bolstered by working directly with families offline through his non-profit, Digital Shepherds, whose mission is to help parents, children and educators cross the digital divide through digital literacy education.
Will Allen has many years of involvement in the field of sustainable agriculture. Will has taught anthropology and agriculture at the university level and has also farmed his entire life. He was one of the pioneers of organic farming in California and helped start the certification program through the California Certified Organic Farmers Organization. In 1990, Will founded the Sustainable Cotton Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping cotton growers transition to organic production, and working with cotton companies to encourage them to purchase and use organic cotton in their manufacturing processes. He is known throughout the U.S. and in other parts of the world as an expert on organic cotton. Currently, he serves on the policy and advisory board of the Organic Consumers AssociationWill is a founding board member of Farms Not Arms, an organization dedicated to bringing together people from the farming community to oppose the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2008, Will’s book, The War on Bugs, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing Company in White River Junction, Vermont. He is currently traveling throughout the country, promoting the book and meeting with activists who are anxious to work with him on educating the public about the dangers of the U.S.’s toxic chemical-based agriculture system. The public is becoming increasingly convinced, through efforts such as these, that organic farming is the key to the future health of people, as well as, the environment.
In 2000, Allen made his first trip to India where he spoke about organic cotton at a forum organized by the New Delhi-based Research Foundation for Science Technology & Education, headed by Dr. Vandana Shiva. In 2004, he returned to India for the World Social Forum in Mumbai. Will spoke on workshop panels at the gathering. He participated in a protest of Coke and Pepsi plants that were polluting farmland and water in Kerela. In addition, he had the opportunity to visit numerous farms in Kerela and the Erode District of Tamil Nadu. He has served as consultants to the Armenia Tree Project and traveled to Armenia in 2005 to meet with small farmers interested in converting their operations to organic. Will remains active in food politics.
Zuri Allen Star is an agent for change in social media activism for the good food movement. She is focused on the clean living space assisting organizations and brands with new media marketing, brand management, content creation, social strategies, tribe building, non-profit solutions, creative direction and has become the go-to girl for social media activism. She runs social media and marketing campaigns for a number of organizations, non-profits and brands. Her father Will Allen, who was one of the first certified organic farmers in California, grandfathered Zuri into the organic movement. As an organic farmer’s daughter she naturally has a passion for clean living, social justice and sustainable sourcing. She has been a driving force behind the GMO labeling activity across the US and is an integral part of the California, Washington, Oregon and Vermont campaigns. Just this year Zuri was part of the Vermont Right To Know victory in passing the first no-trigger GMO labeling law. Zuri is now embarking on a new role as a leader in the health and wellness space as she launches her lifestyle project: “I Am Zuri” in early 2015. Aside from her social media, activism and lifestyle work, Zuri is an accomplished singer-songwriter, a mother and an entrepreneur.
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