Keynote Panel Confirmed

July 20th 2014

Join our keynote panel for this discussion on current issues in our shifting landscape, and how working together we can create significant and meaningful change.  Panelists will discuss their work organizing on the national and state level on campaigns such as the Right To Know GMO, organics’ future and bringing fair trade home, and working for farm worker empowerment in our food system.

Rosalinda Guillen is a widely recognized farm worker and rural justice leader. The oldest of eight she was born in Texas and spent her first decade in Coahuila Mexico. Her family emigrated to LaConner, Washington in 1960 and she began working as a farm worker in the fields in Skagit County at the age of ten. Ms. Guillen has worked within the labor movement with Caesar Chavez s United Farm Workers of America and has represented farm workers in ongoing dialogues of immigration issues, labor rights, collective bargaining, trade agreements, and strengthening the food sovereignty movement. She works to build a broader base of support for rural communities and sustainable agriculture policies that ensure equity and healthy communities for farm workers.

Michael is a part-time farmer, leader in organic agriculture policy, and promoter of social justice.  Since 1983, Michael has worked with Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA) and currently heads their Just Foods program where he focuses on GMOs and their contamination, promoting biodiversity, work around organic agriculture, and the Agricultural Justice Project collaboration.  Michael was the first chair of the National Organic Standards Board and collaborated on initiating the Domestic Fair Trade Association.

David Bronner is President of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America. He is a grandson of company founder, Emanuel Bronner, and a fifth-generation soapmaker.  Under David and his brother Michael’s leadership, the brand has grown from $4 million in annual revenues in 1998 to over $65 million in annual revenues in 2013.  David is an active supporter of both the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp.  He is also a key leader in the fight to label GMO foods in the U.S. David dedicates time and resources to many different issues on behalf of the company’s mission — which encompasses commitments to making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and to dedicating profits to help make a better world.