Organics leader DiMatteo takes international post

07/14/2008 12:00:00 AM
Brian Frederick

(July 14, 12:57 p.m.) Katherine DiMatteo has been named president of the World Board of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements at the federation’s general assembly in Vignola, Italy.

DiMatteo was president of the Organic Trade Association, Greenfield, Mass., from 1990 to 2006. She is a partner and senior associate in New Castle-Va.-based Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates Inc.

The federation is a worldwide umbrella organization for the organic movement, with more than 750 member organizations in 108 countries. Through its general assembly the organization helps protect organic credibility and integrity.

DiMatteo, who has been involved with organics on a personal level since the 70s, has clearly defined goals for her three-year term as president of IFOAM.

“I think we’re at a point that we’ll move away from just standard setting as our focus and use those standards and our knowledge of organics to advocate and educate decision makers on international, national (and) even regional and local (levels) on how organics provide solutions or part of the solution to the challenges facing the planet now,” she said.

DiMatteo has been a member of the world board for the past two years.

Gerald Hermann, principal in consulting firm Organic Services, Munich, Germany, was the previous president of the board.



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