Paul Keene, 94, one of the founders of the U.S. organic food movement, died April 23 near the farm where he started the modern commercial market for natural foods in the US. Mr Keene was a pioneer who took risks that now benifit us all.
Mr. Keene spent time in India where he studied under Ghandi and came into contact with the founder of the worldwide organic farming movement, Sir Albert Howard. He returned to the US in the forties with a desire to do something that gave his life meaning.
From a very small start he built a mail order organic farming business with milllions in sales. Today there are about 900 certified organic farmers in the United States, and their products account for $12 billion in sales annually.