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ORGANIC REVOLUTIONARY on the Evolution and Future of the Organic Movement

Grace Gershuny, author of The Soul of Soil is excited to announce the publication of her new book, Organic Revolutionary: A Memoir of the Movement for Real Food, Planetary Healing, and Human Liberation. This story records and reflects on the history of the organic movement from its roots in indigenous practices to the back-to-the-land movement of the late 60s and 70s, and its codification in law through the USDA’s National Organic Program. The book also examines the current state of food movements, including infighting among factions, the organic industry and the sprouting of new movements such as local, sustainable, regenerative, and Non-GMO. Finally, Grace looks forward at the impending climate crisis and offers some insight on the essential role organic agriculture has to play in avoiding global catastrophe.

Grace Gershuny spent many years as an organic farmer in Vermont. She helped establish one of the first weekly farmers markets in the state and worked with the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) to shape Vermont’s early organic certification process. After becoming a national leader as a founding member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), Grace was tapped to work with the USDA in the 1990’s to develop its organic regulations. Her work has helped shape today’s burgeoning demand for organic products and interest in ecologically sound agriculture. She currently teaches in the on-line MS in Sustainable Food Systems program for Green Mountain College.

The author will be embarking on a national speaking tour in support of the book.

Praise for Organic Revolutionary:

“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.” Tena Starr, News Editor of The Chronicle of Barton, VT

“A thoughtfully comprehensive, entertaining, and deeply personal account of her adventures in the movement and on the land and characters involved.” Reeve Lindbergh, author of Under the Wing

“Grace contributed to, and survived the journey of the creation of “organic” as we know it today. Hers is a compelling tale of the inner workings of the organic community and the organic industry and the processes and characters involved.” Howie Ross, aka Mr. “Awganic”

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Grace Gershuny is co-author of The Soul of Soil and has written extensively on soil, compost, and food system issues. As a staff member of USDA's National Organic Program in the 1990s she helped develop the organic regulations. She lives in Barnet, Vermont and teaches at Green Mountain College.

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