Posted on December 5, 2019 by Sustainable Food News

Bernie Sanders is sole Dem candidate to show up at regenerative organic Q&A

All other 2020 candidates decline invitation from Organic Farmers Assoc.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will be the sole 2020 Dem candidate to attend a Q&A-discussion Thursday night with Iowa organic farmers to answer questions on the role of regenerative and organic agriculture in his platform.

The event, titled “Combating Climate Change with Organic and Regenerative Agriculture,” is hosted by the Organic Farmers Association (OFA) and the Iowa Organic Association. and takes place Dec. 5 between 6:30 – 8pm CT at the Fairview Lodge in Story City, Iowa.

The entire field of candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination had been invited but they declined “due to schedules or other factors,” Margaret Wilson, spokesperson for the Rodale Institute, the fiscal sponsor for OFA, told Sustainable Food News.

Sanders will be given up to three minutes to share with an audience of over 75 Iowa organic farmers the components of his platform that support regenerative and organic agriculture. Farmers will then ask questions about the role of regenerative agriculture in the 2020 Presidential race.

The event will be livestreamed by the Sanders campaign here.

The forum will be moderated by Francis Thicke, owner of Fairfield, Iowa-based Radiance Dairy and a veteran of the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board, and OFA Director, Kate Mendenhall, who is also owner of Okoboji Organics in Okoboji, Iowa.

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