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Morell, Funes Keynotes at NOFA Summer Conference

By Northeast Organic Farming Association

  JULY 31, 2010 --

Community activist & Nourishing Traditions author Sally Fallon Morell, and Fernando Funes, father of the Cuban organic agricultural movement will be the keynote speakers at the 2010 NOFA Conference.

The 36th Annual Northeast Organic Farming Association Conference will be held August 13-15 at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition to the keynotes, the conference will feature 200+ workshops on organic farming, gardening & land care, food politics, home-steading and much more.

Sally Fallon Morell is the author of the best-selling "Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats." In her controversial cookbook "Nourishing Traditions," and in numerous articles appearing in holistic publications, nutrition journalist Morell exposes current establishment low-fat propaganda as a conspiracy to rob Americans of their health and vitality, and to enrich the powerful food processing industry, based in large part on refined carbohydrates and vegetable oils derived from corn and soybeans.

Morell is founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation (www.westonaprice.org) and editor of the Foundation's quarterly magazine, as well as the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk (www.realmilk.com). She is also president and owner of NewTrends Publishing, serving as editor and publisher of The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD; The Untold Story of Milk by Ron Schmid, ND; The Yoga of Eating by Charles Eisenstein; The Fourfold Path to Healing by Thomas Cowan, MD; and The Whole Soy Story (February 2005) by Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD.

Dr. Fernando Funes Sr. is widely known as the father of the Cuban organic agricultural movement. His organization, The Organic Agriculture Group, was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize.'

Dr. Funes is a researcher at the Pasture and Forage Institute (IIPF) in Havana, and secretary of the Organic Agriculture Group (GAO) of the Cuban Association of Agronomists and Foresters (ACTAF). Following the 1989 collapse of the Soviet Union, imports shrank by 75% and Cuba was suddenly forced to produce their own food. Dr Fernando Funes played a significant role In Cuba's aggressive shift toward a new model of agriculture based on organic agriculture. Today nearly 70% of food is grown in the cities of Cuba, employing half a million people and using integrated organic urban agricultural techniques.

A Special Pre-Conference featuring a Raw Milk Symposium will be held on Friday morning, August 13. Exhibits throughout the conference will include animals, crafts, books, gardening & farming tools & equipment, information and advocacy, while family entertainment such as Music and dance, a country fair, farmers market, games and fun will be offered.

With 1,500 attendees from seven states, the Summer Conference provides a wonderful, inexpensive opportunity for the whole family, featuring affordable registration, inexpensive dorm rooms and camping, and delicious, wholesome organic meals.

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the practices of ecologically sound farming and gardening, and to the development of local sustainable agriculture.

For more information visit http://www.nofasummerconference.org



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