Washington, D.C.—Organic & Natural Health Association will hold its annual conference on January 25-27, 2022, at DiamondHead Beach Resort in Fort Myers, Florida, according to a press release. The theme: “Resolution, Resourcefulness, Resilience: An Action Plan for Our Future.”
The conference will open with optional networking events on January 24, including 18 holes of golf, followed by dinner and Bogeys, Beers & Bourbon tasting sponsored by Mercola and AIDP. Atrium Innovations will host the opening dinner on January 25.
The keynote speaker: Dr. Pierre Kory, President of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance. Dr. Kory has testified twice before a U.S. Senate committee about the COVID-19 protocol his hospital was using to save lives. He has co-authored five papers on COVID-19, including a paper that was the first to support the diagnosis of early COVID respiratory disease as an organizing pneumonia, thus explaining the critical response of the disease to corticosteroids. He will share how his integrative medical approach works with COVID patients.
Additional speakers include Andre Leu, International Director, Regeneration International; Bethany Davis, Director of Social Impact, Advocacy and Government Relations, MegaFood; Paul Altaffer, Chief Innovation Officer, RFI Ingredients; Ronnie Cummins, Co-Founder and International Director, Organic Consumers Association; Elizabeth Candelario, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Mad Agriculture; Derek Lurth, Co-Founder and CEO, HealthLoq; David Trosin, Managing Director, NSF Health Sciences Certification, NSF International; Dhaval Patel, Scientific Program Manager, NemaLife; John Fagan, Chairman and Chief Scientist, HRI Labs; Brett Lemker, Founder and CEO, optiAMZ; and Debra Short, Executive Director, and Renee Southard, Presidant, SENPA.
The conference will also see the introduction for a new testing program for The Health Check, a seal developed by HRI Labs that has been added to O&N Health’s Annual Member Attestation. The program tests for 200 different pesticides, and stands as the highest pesticide/herbicide-free standard in the United States. It requires every individual lot to be tested, providing proof that products are truly organic.
“With the high risk of contamination and a growing awareness of the limitations associated with organic certification, we believe that our member companies will embrace this new, fast and efficient certification as a way to further build consumer confidence in a thoroughly transparent manner,” said Karen Howard, executive director and CEO of Organic & Natural Health.
O&N Health will also celebrate its successful first year raising funds for the Williams-Franklin Foundation’s “Organic & Natural Health Scholarship Fund.” Co-founders Dwight Franklin and LaShelle (Williams) Franklin will attend the conference for a special recognition and presentation of the 2021 funds raised of $24,000, nearly half of the overall $50,000 commitment made by O&N Health to support education expenses for HBCU students interested in career opportunities in the natural products industry.
To get involved with O&N Health and its initiatives, visit https://organicandnatural.org.