October 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Food Studies | Author Grace Gershuny on Organic Farming for the Planet, Oct. 19

Author Grace Gershuny, framed by plants and sign that says The Earthworm tunnel enter here.

Author Grace Gershuny

The Food Studies theme hosts Vermont author and organic movement elder Grace Gershuny discussing “Organic Farming for the Planet” on Oct. 19. at 4 p.m. in Alden 319. She also will participate in a panel discussion following a showing of the film Food Evolution at 7 p.m. at the Athena on Court Street. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Book cover for Organic Revolutionary: A Memoir of the Movement for Real Food, Planetary Healing and Human liberationIn her new book, Organic Revolutionary: A Memoir of the Movement for Real Food, Planetary Healing, and Human Liberation, Gershuny argues for encouraging as many farmers as possible to convert to organic methods as quickly as possible as the most immediate route to reversing the increase in greenhouse gas emissions that now endangers communities everywhere. Organic Revolutionary reflects on the 40-year evolution that established the meaning of “organic” for foods and fiber. Beginning with the back-to-the-land movement of the late ’60s and ’70s, working with the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) to shape the organic certification process, and later with USDA’s National Organic Program to develop the organic regulations, Gershuny interweaves the story of building a national movement with the evolution of her life.

Allan Savory, founder of Holistic Management, says, “I hold Grace in high regard as a leader in the organic movement because of the depth of her thinking and writing combined with the highest of motives and concern for the future of humanity.” The Barton (Vermont) Chronicle News Editor Tena Star notes that “Organic Revolutionary is a personal story, but also an intellectual exploration of the connections between agriculture and politics, between climate change and how we eat and grow food, between planetary, political, and personal health.”

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Food Studies Director Dr. Theresa Moran at or Joy Kostansek, Food Studies Student Assistant, at

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