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 GREENFIELD, Mass., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Organic Foods Production Association of North America (OFPANA) launched Organic Harvest Month on Aug. 27, 1993. September is celebrated as Organic Harvest Month each year to educate consumers about the diversity and quality of organic foods and the need for a sustainable agriculture system.
 Organic foods and beverages starred at the opening reception of the Garden Writers Association of America annual meeting on Aug. 27th in San Francisco. Jointly sponsored by OFPANA and Necessary Organics, a division of Necessary Trading Company of Virginia, to kickoff Organic Harvest Month, the reception provided more than 200 writers an array of certified organic foods to sample.
 Events will continue throughout September to celebrate Organic Harvest Month. There will be Farmers' Markets and Food Fairs in Maine, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, Colorado, Washington, California and North Carolina. Chefs will feature organic foods and fine dining during the month. For instance Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park, Calif. will sponsor a "Meet the Farmer" dinner every Sunday night and in Ontario, Canada, the Fifth Annual Feast of Fields Organic/Gastronomic Walking Tour will be held.
 In Baltimore, in Sept. 7-9th, people from around the world will gather to attend the Third International Trade in Organic Foods Conference. Held for the first time in the U.S. the conference will feature speakers from over 20 countries. The conference will include an Organic Products Exhibit and Trade Show.
 Consumers will find a wide and varied supply of organic foods featured in their local natural food stores, supermarkets and co-ops during September. Educational and promotional materials have been developed by OFPANA for Organic Harvest Month and will be displayed in retail stores to help shoppers identify organic food products.
 The theme for Organic Harvest Month 1993 is "Our health depends on the health of the Earth." According to Bill Wolf, president of OFPANA, "The time has come to change our agriculture system to one based on renewable resources and natural systems. Every purchase of organic food products is a vote cast for a new agriculture in America. Our goal is to have 10 percent of all foods purchased to be certified organic products by 2000."
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 /CONTACT: Katherine DiMatteo, 413-774-7511; or Bill Wolf, 703-864-5103; both of Organic Foods Production Association of North America/

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