GMO Expert, International Bestselling Author and Founder of The Institute for Responsible Technology
The leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, Jeffrey Smith's meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk and the environment in peril. His work expertly summarizes why the safety assessments conducted by the FDA and regulators worldwide teeter on a foundation of outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our nation's top food safety priority.
Mr. Smith’s feature-length documentary Genetic Roulette — The Gamble of Our Lives was awarded the 2012 Movie of the Year (Solari Report) and the Transformational Film of the Year (AwareGuide). Described as a “life-changer” and seen by millions world-wide, the film links genetically engineered food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, digestive disorders, and numerous problems that have been on the rise in the US population since genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced.
His books include: Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating, which is the world’s bestseller on GMOs; and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, which is the authoritative work on GMO health dangers.
An admired keynote speaker , Mr. Smith has lectured in nearly 40 countries, counseled leaders from every continent, and has been quoted by hundreds of media outlets including: The New York Times,Washington Post, BBC World Service, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, New Scientist, The Times (London), Associated Press, Reuters News Service, LA Times, and Time Magazine. Also a popular guest, he appears on influential radio shows and television programs, such as the BBC, NPR, Fox News,Democracy Now, and the Dr. Oz Show.
He is the founding executive director of The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), a leading source of GMO health risk information for consumers, policy makers, and healthcare professionals. IRT’s educational programs are driving the tipping point of consumer rejection against GMOs, which is already starting to push genetically engineered ingredients out of the market in the US.
Mr. Smith lives in Iowa, surrounded by genetically modified soybeans and corn.
Indigenous Rights Activist
25 year old – studying Biotechnology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He has been involved with indigenous peoples cultural heritage affairs since he was 15.
Son of Billy and Dorothy Steenkamp, he comes from Beaufort West in SA. He is an indigenous youth and is an awakened, free spirit, seeking truth and enlightenment in this vessel of human body.
Family Physician, 8-time New York Times Bestselling Author and Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine
Dr. Hyman is an eight-time #1 New York Times bestselling author. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post.
Join Dr. Hyman on his path to revolutionize the way we think about and take care of our health and our societies at www.drhyman.com, on Twitter and Instagram @markhymanmd, and on Facebook at facebook.com/drmarkhyman.
Food and Technology Program Director at Friends of the Earth
Lisa leads Friends of the Earth’s efforts to ensure food, consumer products and emerging technologies are safe for people and the environment. For more than a decade, she has developed and led successful corporate accountability, markets and legislative campaigns focused on environmental health and justice.
She co-founded and directed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of women’s, public health, labor, environmental health and consumer groups moving the cosmetics industry toward safe, sustainable production while advocating for smarter laws to protect our health from toxic chemicals and building the movement for chemical policy reform.
Prior to this, she led Friends of the Earth’s health and environment program, developing and running hard-hitting campaigns to prevent the environmental causes of cancer; challenge the introduction of untested, virtually unregulated genetically engineered food and nano-materials into marketplace; and promote regenerative, sustainable, healthy and just farming practices. Lisa has appeared in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, AP, Time Magazine, CNN, CBS, ABC and NPR. Lisa is a graduate of Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing and holds a dual degree in International Relations and Economics.
Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Bestselling Author
As a 10 year old, Tom Malterre witnessed his family doctor, Dr. John McDougall, treat hundreds of patients (including his family) using foods instead of pharmaceuticals. Wanting to understand this powerful medicine, Tom attained two nutritional science degrees from Bastyr University, became a faculty member of the Autism Research Institute, and learned Functional Medicine from some of the brightest minds in medicine.
Through the books he has co-authored with his wife Alissa (the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, and Nourishing Meals), their website (www.WholeLifeNutrition.net), and recipe blog (www.NourishingMeals.com), Tom and Ali are hoping to share delicious medicine with the entire world.
As a father of five, Tom has been studying the effects of our current industrial living on our environment and the health of future generations to come. He is currently focusing his attention on sharing these findings with other health practitioners in his Progressive Practitioner Coaching Programs where he instructs doctors on using nutritional biochemistry alongside their traditional pharmaceutical therapies.
Jonathan Tillet is the founder of World Images. World Images is a selected portfolio of travel-based photojournalism by Jonathan himself, with a focus on cultural and documentary-style photography.
Jonathan is a regular contributor to magazines, books and image libraries in South Africa and Europe. He is currently based in Cape Town.
Naturalist and Head Instructor at EcoTraining
Bruce is a director of the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA), is one of only a handful of qualified SKS (Special Knowledge and Skills) dangerous game guides and a national SKS birding guide. He is also an advanced rifle handling trainer for FGASA and is also a THETA accredited national assessor.
Bruce is just pure passion in the bush! With a dry sense of humour and a stickler for getting it right, he passes on his enthusiasm, knowledge and years of experience wholeheartedly to participants and guests on EcoTraining courses.
Sustainable Development Consultant and Founder of the Edge of Urban Farm
A former MESA Host, organic farmer, and sustainable development consultant, Scott has 40 years of organic agricultural production experience in the United States and Mexico. Scott’s recent project experience includes the restoration and development of an organic agricultural project and education program on a 250-acre historic farm owned by the County of San Diego. Scott designed and built a 15-acre organic farm supplying the boarding high school on site and selling to the Whole Foods stores of Southern California.
Scott serves as the president of the Mission Resource Conservation District which covers areas in North San Diego County. He has worked extensively on Conservation projects with the National Resource Conservation Service in California. He specializes in farmland preservation projects utilizing Smart Growth Principles. Scott also serves as Chair of the local Slow Food San Diego chapter.
Electrical Engineer (MIT) and Founder of Adventure Out
Cliff, founder and CEO of Adventure Out, holds Bachelors and Masters ￼￼￼￼Degrees from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) where graduated with Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honors. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and outdoor guide; traveling the world to climb mountains, surf big waves, study with indigenous tribes, and lead groups of clients ranging from school groups to corporate executives to tap in to their true potential through wilderness adventure.
Hodges also sits on the board for several nonprofit organizations and is the owner of CrossFit West – one of the largest CrossFit facilities in the United States. At the heart of his mission statement is the desire to cultivate environmental stewardship through nature connection. Hodges has been featured in international publications such as Outside Magazine and Popular Mechanics, and has starred as a survival instructor on MTV and Na@onal
No. 1 Bestselling Author and Host of the Award-Winning Top-Rated Fat-Burning Man Radio Show
Abel James is a #1 best-selling author, top 10 App Developer, musician, radio show host, entrepreneur, and veritable health crusader. Abel’s work has been featured in WIRED Magazine, Paleo Living, and hundreds of media outlets in business, technology, psychology, and health.
Within its first year, Abel’s Fat-Burning Man Show rose to the #1 most popular health podcast in the United States and United Kingdom and went on to top the charts in more than 7 countries across the world for the past 2 years.
A former strategic advisor to the food and beverage industry, Abel now acts as a consumer advocate who exposes the truth behind deceptive marketing practices, misleading corporate propaganda, and powerful special interests that have accelerated the worldwide obesity epidemic and health crisis. Abel harnesses the techniques he developed for the Wild Diet to achieve extremely compelling results in fat loss and health for his clients and the community.
Abel’s quick-start guide, Intro to Paleo and The Musical Brain are distinguished as #1 Amazon bestsellers in health and psychology. The Musical Brain explores evolutionary biology and how musical training and experience affects the brain.
Abel and his team developed Caveman Feast, the #1 App in Food and Drink across the world and #6 App overall in the Apple Store in 2013. Abel has advised Fortune 500 and federal government clients including Microsoft, State Street Global Advisors, Lockheed Martin, the Department of Education, the Department of Labor, and the Library of Congress. A research junkie, Abel James completed high school and college in a total of just six years. Distinguished as Valedictorian at New Hampton School, he earned his A.B. from Dartmouth College and graduated as a Senior Fellow with Honors with a concentration in Psychological and Brain Sciences.
Hailing from the frosty backwoods of New Hampshire, Abel James lives with his kitchen co-pilot, Alyson, and his rambunctious yellow lab, Bailey, in Austin, Texas. Abel enjoys strong coffee and cheesecake. Preferably together.
Board-Certified Nutritionist and Bestselling Author Known as “The Nutrition Myth Buster”™
Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, (aka “The Nutrition Myth Buster”) is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition and health. He is a board-certified nutritionist with a master’s degree in psychology and the author of fourteen books on health, healing, food and longevity including three best-sellers, “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth”, “Living Low Carb” and “The Great cholesterol Myth” (co-authored with Stephen Sinatra, MD). A frequent guest on television and radio, he has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS as an expert on nutrition, weight loss, and longevity. He is a past member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Men’s Health magazine, is the Nutrition Editor for Pilates Style, and is a regular contributor to AOL, Vanity Fair Online, Clean Eating Magazine, and Better Nutrition.
Dr. Jonny has contributed to articles for dozens of national publications (print and online) including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair Online, Time,Oxygen, Marie Claire, Diabetes Focus, GQ, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan,Self, Fitness, Family Circle, Allure, Men’s Heath, Prevention, In Style, Natural Health, and many other publications. He appears regularly as an expert on ABC-TV Los Angeles.
Dr. Bowden has a Master’s Degree in psychology and counseling and a PhD in nutrition, and has earned six national certifications in personal training and exercise. He is board certified by the American College of Nutrition, a member of the prestigious American Society for Nutrition, and a much in-demand speaker at conferences and events across the country.
He is also the owner of Rockwell Nutrition.
Health Coach, Herbalist, and Fermentationist
Summer Bock is an Herbalist, Fermentationist and founder of OlyKraut.
She runs her own practice as a Health Coach & Herbalist where she educates nutrition nerds around the world to create a thriving body and unstoppable life!
She teaches how to resolve your health concerns by accessing your own internal healer to get rid of toxins, build natural energy levels, rebuild native intestinal ecology, and boost immune function to ultimately access your super human powers and extend your life.
Physician: Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychiatry, Nuclear Brain Imaging
CEO: Amen Clinics, Inc.
Daniel Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. When your brain works right, he says, you work right; and when your brain is troubled you are much more likely to have trouble in your life. His work is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives.
Dr. Amen is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist, television producer and nine-time New York Times bestselling author. He is the Founder and Medical Director of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and San Francisco, California, Bellevue, Washington, Reston, Virginia, Atlanta and New York City.
Dr. Amen is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the highest award they give members, and is the lead researcher on the world’s largest brain imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football players. His research has not only demonstrated high levels of brain damage in players, he also showed the possibility of significant recovery for many with the principles that underlie his work.
Former Elite Endurance Athlete and No. 1 Bestselling Author
Mark Sisson is an American fitness author and blogger, a former distance runner, triathlete and Ironman competitor, finishing 4th in the February 1982 Ironman World Championship. He has written several books, including The Primal Blueprint, which incorporates aspects of the popular Paleolithic diet. The Primal Blueprint is his fifth book.
Mark is an independent researcher, critical thinker, motivator, and communicator – to get people to take responsibility for their health and fitness, and to inspire people to be open-minded, passionate, and enthusiastic about leading a healthy, happy, fit, balanced, active lifestyle, with the least amount of pain, suffering and sacrifice possible.
Professional Wilderness Guide & Tracker and Head Instructor at EcoTraining
Wilderness guide, motivational speaker, conservationist and writer Alan McSmith has worked and lived in the African bush for the past 25 years. A result of this life changing journey is a passion to mould the ancient values of living close to the land with our contemporary lifestyles. Through meaningful contacts with the environment, his vision is to reflect the significance of wilderness in our lives – and also what we stand to lose without it.
He travels regularly to Europe to conduct Meaningful Encounters, to corporate audiences with much success. His reputation as an entertaining, deeply inspiring and down to earth public speaker has gained momentum and Alan was invited to speak at the prestigious TEDX Amsterdam event in 2011, which drew an on-line audience of over 30 000 people.
Over the years Alan has worked as a specialist guide, tracker, camp manager, overland safari guide & guide trainer. He frequently leads training courses for EcoTraining, the largest guide training provider in the country. He is a qualified trails guide and member of the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa. In 1999, Alan developed his own safari business Alan McSmith Safaris (www.alanmcsmith.com) focussing on specialist foot safaris and wilderness trails. He is an invited member of GreatGuides.org.
Green Organic Skin Expert, Industry Advisor to Leading Health Advocacy Organizations and CEO of Episencial
Kim Walls, M.S., is the CEO of Episencial and chief formulator the company’s skincare products and philosophy. A second-generation skin care expert from the family that developed the world renowned Epicuren anti-aging skin care products, she now combines her activism for health and environmentalism with expertise in clinical skin care and nutritional science to develop green, effective skin care for pregnant women and children.
An esthetician with more than a decade of experience, Walls has honed her perspective focusing on botanically-based skin care and transdermal nutrient absorption as a pathway to improved health and beauty for women and children. She shares her experience internationally with dermatologists and estheticians, as well as childbirth and postpartum professionals, underscoring the relationship between optimum health and skin care. Now through Episencial, she is dedicated to sharing that knowledge with new and growing families to support the enhanced health and immunity that effective, all natural products can provide.
Kim’s strong, personal commitment to organic and environmentally-responsible living is at the core of Episencial’s high standards for green manufacturing and product development. Having grown up on ranches in the Pacific Northwest and now the mother of two young boys, Kim marries her innate understanding of the importance of sustainability, her birthright in luxury skincare with her post-graduate work as a nutritionist to establish a new standard in skincare research and products that support lasting health for today’s families.
Kim is a spokesperson not only for Episencial, but also for her broader mission to support actively healthy choices for a new Vivid Green Generation. She is a sought after industry advisor to leading health advocacy organizations including Healthy Child, Healthy World, Infant Massage USA, the Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association and Pregnancy Awareness Month. Kim is often a featured speaker on television and at industry events, a contributor to high-traffic websites such as Ecomom.com, www.drgreene.com, and www.mindfulmama.com. Kim is currently writing two books on healthy lifestyle parenting and has authored articles for periodicals in the health and wellness industry to create awareness of skincare as a health issue in support of Episencial’s mission.