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Thursday, November 9th

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Backstage Bistro

Columbus Science Pub

Next Performance

Thursday, November 9th

Show Times
Select Thursdays @ 7:30pm

Food & drink service available before showtime!

The Columbus Science Pub is a free event that aims to present scientific issues in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. No science background? No problem!! Everyone and every question is welcome.

The presentation starts promptly at 7:30pm, if you’d like to order food before the event, please arrive early. A full bar and menu will be available from the excellent Backstage Bistro kitchen!

November 9th

Organic: Do Not Spray!

That organic label on your food is the result of the hard work of many people. Farmers who grow the food, organic certification agencies that help farmers understand regulations and ensure they comply, committees that write regulations, and you, the consumer! Come join us in November to follow the story of how turkeys raised on organic farms make it to your holiday table with Andy Hupp from Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) Certification team, a USDA-accredited organic certifier based in Columbus.

OEFFA opened their doors in 1979 as a grassroots coalition of farmers, gardeners, educators and consumers interested in cost effective and sustainable farming practice for Ohio. With so many people at the table OEFFA has a huge number of programs. In 1981 they added a service for organic certification. Andy with his staff of 17 keeps up with the changes in standards across the mid-Atlantic and lower Midwest, which is not an easy task. They help farmers decide if organic production works for their operation and outline the changes they would need to make. After conducting an inspection OEFFA helps with the paperwork while doing a final review. Then if everything is in compliance the operation receives a certificate and that is the simple version! But don’t think this is all paperwork, there is a lot of paperwork but there is even more passion for ecology, sustainability and working with people. Unlike many other environmental regulations, a large part of the organic movement was based on consumer demand for organic or ethically produced products.

After years of working in Organic Certification Andy has a lot of stories to share so bring some great questions!

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