Organic leaders address transparency and innovation

The Organic Summit provides forum for dialogue and action

BOULDER, Colo. (April 1, 2008) — Today’s most significant organic industry topics will be discussed June 25-27, 2008, in Boulder, Colo., at The Organic Summit (, a leader-level working forum for all stakeholders in the organic industry. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Innovation and Transparency in the Organic Community.” The Organic Summit, produced by New Hope Natural Media, a division of Penton Media, in partnership with the nonprofit Organic Farming Research Foundation, will be held at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa.

While certified organic products are increasingly finding their way into the mainstream, they represent only 3.5 percent of the total food economy in the U.S. The organic community is challenged with the impact that agro-industrial globalization is having on our food supply, the prolonged delay of the farm bill and the ongoing debate between organic stakeholders on the nuances of organic standards and policy initiatives.

“Most would agree that our roots are planted in the progressive social, environmental and community movement, but how we interpret and implement our values in a rapidly changing and entrepreneurial business climate deserves, if not demands, further exploration,” said Bob Scowcroft, executive director of OFRF. “The Organic Summit program is designed to dig deep into the most significant organic topics,” Scowcroft said.

Jylle Lardaro, director of Organic Industry Alliances for New Hope Natural Media, believes the summit is an opportunity for candid conversations that encourage collaboration. “The environment of The Organic Summit facilitates action items and innovative solutions. It inspires an extraordinary group of manufacturers, producers, retailers and NGOs for the work that they do,” Lardaro said.

Among the timely issues to be discussed at the summit are:

· Food security.

· Who represents organic?

· The legal community’s work on behalf of organic integrity and transparency.

· Eco-labels and the demand for corporate accountability.

· Nano technology and its impact on agricultural systems.

· Venture philanthropy.

· Domestic fair trade.

Sponsors to date of the 2008 Organic Summit are companies considered organic pioneers: Horizon Organic, SILK, Clover Organic Farms and Jacobs Farm–Del Cabo. For sponsorship information visit,

The Organic Summit returns for a second year to downtown Boulder, with an invigorating agenda of keynote speakers, seminars and special events including the the 5th Annual OFRF Midsummer’s Eve Organic Benefit Reception & Dinner at Pastures of Plenty Farm in Longmont, Colo. To register, visit


New Hope Natural Media (, a division of Penton Media, Inc., is the leading media resource and information provider for the natural, organic and healthy products industry with print, in-person/event and e-business products and services. New Hope also produces Natural Products Expo East/Organic Products Expo-BioFach America (, Natural Products Expo West/Supply Expo/Nutracon (, Natural Products Expo Asia (, the NBJ Summit (, the Organic Summit (, and the Healthy Foods Conference (

Penton Media, Inc. is the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S., serving more than six million business professionals every month. The company’s market-leading brands are focused on 30 industries and include 113 trade magazines, 145 Web sites, 150 industry trade shows and conferences, and more than 500 information data products. Headquartered in New York City, the privately held company is owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP, and its co investors. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit

ABOUT OFRF: The Organic Farming Research Foundation ( is a national nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1990 to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF pursues this mission by sponsoring research related to organic farming; disseminating research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production practices; and educating the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues. Working organic farmers from across the United States comprise the majority of OFRF's Board of Directors.

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