The Moscow Food Co-op is holding a free forum entitled “Organic vs. Conventional: What Are They And Why Should We Care?” on Tuesday, September 10, starting at 6:30pm in the Great Room of the 1912 Center. Cookies, coffee, and other refreshments will be provided free of charge. All are welcome to this no-ticket event.
A panel of six local experts on organic and conventional foods has been convened to respond to audience questions about the differences between the two styles of growing, the details of organic certification, and the nutritional differences between food grown conventionally and food grown using organic practices.
Guests are invited to come prepared with questions for the panelists, who are listed below:
Gwen Ayres, Idaho State Department of Agriculture;
Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, Professor of Soil Science at WSU;
Bill Newbry, CEO of PNW Farmers Cooperative;
Luke Tonnemaker, local organic farmer;
Erik Zakarison, local conventional farmer transitioning towards organic;
Allen Druffel, local conventional farmer.
The panel will be moderated by Kenton Bird, Associate Professor of the University of Idaho School of Journalism and Mass Media.