The Organic Centers 5th Annual VIP Dinner at Expo West to Help Fund Critical New Scientific Research Behind the Health and Environmental Benefits of Organic

Andrew Weil, M.D., world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine and best-selling author, will welcome organic industry leaders at The Organic Center’s 5th Annual VIP Dinner on March 14 at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.

Boulder, Colo. – (January 24, 2008) – How do nutrient-rich organic foods help slow the aging process and combat inflammation? When plants are fed high levels of synthetic fertilizers, could this contribute to diabetes in the people who eat them? Why does organic milk help prevent eczema in children, a condition that is on the rise? Are toxic pesticides a culprit in bee Colony Collapse Disorder? Given that organic production systems tie up more carbon in healthy soils, to what extend can organic farming help reduce agriculture’s contribution to global warming?

Moving toward answers to these questions is among the primary research goals in 2008 for The Organic Center. As an independent nonprofit organization established in 2002 and based in Boulder, CO, the mission of The Organic Center is to advance credible scientific research on the health and environmental benefits of organic food and farming—and to communicate those benefits to the public.

To help fund its research and education objectives—and meet its 2008 fundraising goals—The Organic Center is hosting its 5th Annual VIP Dinner on Friday, March 14, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA. The dinner will be held at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel immediately following the Organic Trade Association’s Organic Industry Reception, which starts at 6:00 p.m. and features a Silent Auction to benefit The Organic Center. The VIP Dinner will feature a three-course organic dinner, with a variety of organic wines to accompany the meal.

Kicking off the evening will be a welcoming presentation from Andrew Weil, M.D. Dr. Weil is a board member of The Organic Center, a world-renowned leader in the field of integrative medicine, best-selling author, and an internationally recognized expert for his views on leading a healthy lifestyle, his philosophy of healthy aging, and the future of medicine and health care. Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona, where he also serves as a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health.

”As a long-time advocate of the organic movement, I am proud to be on the board of The Organic Center. I applaud their efforts in advancing scientific research on the health benefits and environmental impact of organic food and farming, and in educating the public about the wisdom of eating organic,” says Dr. Weil.

”This is the most exciting year yet as The Organic Center continues to advance the science of organic products and organic farming. You won’t want to miss this provocative, informative and entertaining evening,” says Alan Greene, M.D., chair of The Organic Center. Dr. Greene is the author of Raising Baby Green, founder of, and is a Clinical Professor at Stanford University’s Packard Children’s Hospital.

Individual tickets for the VIP Dinner are $175. For members of the Organic Trade Association, a $25 discount will be extended, for a cost of $150 each. Companies or individuals also can host tables, serve as leading sponsors of the event, donate products and services for the dinner and/or Silent Auction, and make a tax-deductible contribution to help support the work of The Organic Center.

To sign up for tickets, tables, sponsorships and/or donations, contact Seleyn DeYarus, Development Director, The Organic Center, tel 303.499.1840, [email protected] or visit .

About The Organic Center
The Organic Center, based in Boulder, CO, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to generate credible, peer-reviewed scientific information and communicate the verifiable health and environmental benefits of organic farming and products to society. By doing so, it promotes the conversion of more farmland to organic methods, improves public health and works to restore our natural world by promoting greater awareness of the benefits of organic products and production.

All of the Center’s research reports and publications are available free of charge on our website, <> . Individuals can also sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter, The Scoop.

For information about The Organic Center, its current programs and scientific reports please visit or call 303.499.1840.

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