At the Epicenter Presents Sustainable Food Pioneer Thomas Harding

World-renowned organic food pioneer Thomas Harding, founding president of the Organic Trade Association, will speak to a Boulder business audience at "An Evening at the Epicenter," a series of interactive talks featuring national leaders in sustainability on Thursday, January 27, 5:30-7:30 pm; produced by Boulder's Best Organics and Compass Natural, and hosted by the Sterling Rice Group.

Boulder, CO, (January 12, 2011) – Organic food and agriculture pioneer Thomas Harding will speak on the future of sustainable food and agriculture to an invited audience of Boulder and Denver-area business, media, agriculture and community leaders. Harding, the founding President of the Organic Trade Association and advisor to leading organic producers, manufacturers, retailers, NGOs, and policymakers throughout the world, will speak on Thursday, Jan. 27, 5:30-7:30pm, at the offices of the Sterling Rice Group in downtown Boulder. A small reception will precede the discussion.

Through his company Agrisystems International, based in Wind Gap, PA, Harding is an international specialist in sustainability, certified organic food and farming production systems, and in U.S. and international policy governing organic foods. He has served as advisor to leading local companies including Horizon Organic Dairy, Celestial Seasonings and Coleman Natural Products. Harding’s talk, entitled The Great Conversation: A Dialogue for our Common Future in Sustainable Food and Agriculture, will include an interactive discussion of the following topics:

  • Global Trade in Organics
  • GMOs in Agriculture
  • Global Warming & Food Production
  • Organic Agriculture Policy & Regulation
  • Market Opportunities in Organics
  • Integrating Sustainability into the Organic Industry
  • Animal Welfare
  • Local & Fair Trade

Harding is visiting Boulder as part of “An Evening at the Epicenter,” a series of interactive talks for entrepreneurs and business and community leaders in natural, organic, sustainable and socially responsible products and services—often referred to as the LOHAS market (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability). Sales for products in the LOHAS market are estimated at nearly $300 billion per year.

"An Evening at the Epicenter" is produced by Boulder’s Best Organics, the area’s leading organic and eco-friendly gift and brand promotion company; and Compass Natural Marketing, a leader in LOHAS communications. Charter sponsor Sterling Rice Group, an internationally renowned, integrated brand development company based in Boulder, will host the event.

“We are honored to partner with the Sterling Rice Group and other leading companies in furthering the discussion of how to bring about a green economy and a more sustainable system of food and agriculture – one that contributes to the health of people, local economies, and the environment,” says Steven Hoffman, co-owner of Boulder’s Best Organics and Principal of Compass Natural Marketing. “The Epicenter series will bring nationally known leaders in organic and sustainable business to interact with leaders in our own community, thus helping to further a deeper understanding of these issues locally, and also to engage our region in a broader conversation.”

An "Evening at the Epicenter" is an invitation-only event. Space is limited. For more information or to request a media pass, contact Steven Hoffman, tel 303.807.1042,

About Boulder’s Best Organics
Best Organics LLC, a majority woman-owned company, is a leading provider of hand-packed, organic and eco-friendly gift box collections featuring local artisan organic foods, personal care and other items from leading Boulder and Colorado producers. Its gift collections and products from brand partners including Bonterra Organic Vineyards, the nation's leading seller of California wines made from organic grapes,* are available Best Organics gift boxes are also available in Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Boulder locations. Best Organics is a member of Colorado Proud and Green America Business Network. Contact or call 303.499.ORGANIC (6742).

About Compass Natural Marketing
Compass Natural Marketing, established by organic and LOHAS industry veteran Steven Hoffman and based in Boulder, CO, brings more than 25 years of experience in natural and organic products sales, marketing, public relations, communications, research, event planning, special project assignments and strategic industry guidance to businesses involved in the $290 billion market for natural, organic, sustainable, and socially responsible products. Visit or call 303.807.1042.

About Sterling Rice Group
Sterling-Rice Group is a 27-year-old, Boulder-based brand strategy, innovation and communications firm. With its origins in natural and organic food in particular, and health and wellness overall, SRG is pleased to sponsor the Epicenter series featuring thought leaders in our space. We look forward to welcoming you to meet with Tom Harding. Visit, tel 303.381.6400.