Many of us today are asking, "Why should I eat organic? Is there really such a difference?" As research into organic food and farming expands, trends are beginning to emerge validating the multiple benefits of organic - at every stage. Jim Riddle presents concise, understandable and engaging information regarding the value of choosing organic.
For more than 30 years, Jim Riddle has been an organic farmer, gardener, inspector, educator, policy analyst, author and avid organic eater. Jim was the founding chair of the Winona Farmers Market Association and the International Organic Inspectors Association, (IOIA), and co-author of the IFOAM/IOIA International Organic Inspection Manual. Jim served on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Organic Advisory Task Force from 1991-2009 and was instrumental in passage of Minnesota's landmark organic certification cost-share program. Jim currently works as Organic Outreach Coordinator for the University of Minnesota's Southwest Research and Outreach Center and is the elected Chair of the Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District Board. He also serves on the Leadership Team for eOrganic (the national Extension Community of Practice for organic agriculture), is the former chair of the USDA National Organic Standards Board and is a leading voice for organic agriculture.