Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

RHINEBECK, NY–For the past several years, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living’s conferences and programming have pushed the envelope by exploring solutions to the most pressing environmental issues of the day, bringing together change agents from near and far to increase vital collaboration in the Hudson Valley and beyond.

This year Omega continues the conversation with its conference, Seeds of Change: Cultivating the Commons, October 9–11.

“The lens of the commons instills an understanding and awareness of the value of both the natural and cultural resources that we all share,” said Robert “Skip” Backus, chief executive officer of Omega. “This individual change in awareness is crucial in helping to bring about the sort of cultural shift we need, a shift away from consumption and depletion so we can move toward regeneration.”

In light of the important national conversation on GMO labeling and access to quality food for all, Omega plans to offer a free live stream of the Sunday morning session: Food Justice From Seed to Market. Renowned environmental activist Vandana Shiva will be joined by Hudson Valley Seed Library co-founder Ken Greene, co-founder of Freedom Food Alliance Jalal Sabur, author of The Color of Food Natasha Bowens, CEO of Growing Power Will Allen, Ojibwe activist and economist Winona LaDuke, and many regional leaders and organizations advocating for GMO labeling and equal food access.

Conference Highlights Include:

Friday Evening: Seeds of Change: Vandana Shiva

Saturday Morning: Water of Life: Skip Backus, Maude Barlow, and John Todd

Saturday Afternoon: Speaking Truth to Power: Winona LaDuke and Ralph Nader

Saturday Evening: Living in a Time of Transition: Vandana Shiva, Ralph Nader, Winona LaDuke, Maude Barlow, and Skip Backus

Sunday Morning: Food Justice From Seed to Market: Vandana Shiva, Ken Greene, Jalal Sabur, Natasha Bowens, Will Allen, and Winona LaDuke.

Omega invites participants to be part of a growing community coming together to protect and care for the commons, including the pivotal right to save and share seeds, the necessity of stewarding water resources, as well as transparency in labeling and access to healthy food.

The program begins Friday, October 9th at 8:00 p.m. and ends Sunday, October 11th at 12:30 p.m. Join in person for the whole weekend, or watch live online Sunday morning 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Omega is offering tiered pricing for this program. Scholarships are also available. To register visit http://eOmega.org, or call 800.944.1001.

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