004 – Evolution of Organic Standards & America’s Urban Farming Movement
with host Linda Borghi and guest Liana Hoodes
Liana is an expert in America’s food history and the importance of being an advocate for organic standards. We all need to take personal responsibility for the sustainability and safety of our food supply. Learn from the Cuban crisis and their shift to urban farming for their survival. America’s urban farming movement is vital for food security.
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Liana Hoodes’ Bio
Liana Hoodes has worked since 1994 on a wide range of organic and sustainable agriculture policy issues, and is currently Policy Advisor to the Northeast Organic Farming Association – New York, and the National Organic Coalition where she was the Executive Director from 2003 until 2015. She has worked extensively on Farm Bills, annual appropriations, as well as on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act at the USDA National Organic Program and on organic standards at the National Organic Standards Board. She currently works on a variety of federal, state and local policy issues to support and advance organic and sustainable food and agriculture.
Liana was the organic policy coordinator for the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture from 1994 through 2006, where she was the facilitator of the successful effort (led by many organizations) to garner hundreds of thousands of comments to repeal and re-write the first organic regulation.
Prior to that she was the founding Director of Orange Environment, a local environmental advocacy organization in Orange County, NY, and also worked for a law firm specializing in civil rights and environmental law. In 2001 Liana co-founded the Pine Bush Farmers Market to support agriculture in the Pine Bush region, as well as to promote downtown economic development in the hamlet.
Liana grows organic food and lives with her family in Ulster County, New York.
Music credit: “Insomnia” by John Sheehan. Used with permission.