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Geier leaving a 19-year legacy at IFOAM

Bernward Geier has resigned as director of international relations at the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. Geier, who has worked at the Bonn, Germany-based IFOAM since 1986, will leave in August.

?We?ll miss him, we?ll miss his energy, we?ll miss his activism and we?ll miss his advocacy,? said Sheldon Weinberg, North America?s IFOAM World Board member. ?Bernward was in many ways the face of IFOAM, and he was a tireless promoter of the organic movement worldwide.?

During Geier?s term at IFOAM, the organization grew from 80 active members in about 20 countries to about 760 member organizations in 106 countries. Under Geier?s leadership, IFOAM became accredited as a nongovernmental organization observer with numerous United Nations programs, including the Environment Programme and the Committee on Trade and Development, as well as the International Labour Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

?The whole worldwide organic movement has benefited enormously from the work Bernward has done for IFOAM,? said IFOAM President Gunnar Rundgren in a release. ?He almost single-handedly made our federation into a global player.?

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 6/p. 10

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