Bob Quinn, PhD
Robert “Bob” Quinn—the 2007 recipient of the Montana Organic Association Lifetime of Service Award—is a progressive leader in promoting organic and sustainable agriculture throughout Montana and the rest of the world. The Organic Trade Association awarded Bob the 2010 Organic Leadership Award for his contributions in the “Growing Organic Agriculture” category and in 2013, he received the Rodale Institute’s Organic Pioneer Award. In 1986, Bob’s company Montana Flour & Grains introduced the natural food industry to an ancient Egyptian wheat called khorasan (similar to durum wheat). This grain was marketed under his own brand name, KAMUT (the ancient Egyptian word for wheat). Through the trademark, Bob has been able to preserve an ancient grain and guarantee it is not genetically modified or altered. KAMUT brand khorasan wheat is grown under strict production guidelines and is exclusively grown organically.
RESEARCH CONFIRMS ANCIENT WHEAT IS STILL THE STAFF OF LIFE - PROVIDING ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6
During the past twelve years, Kamut International has granted nearly two million dollars to three independent laboratories in the University of Bologna and University of Florence Research Hospital in Italy to study the differences between ancient and modern wheat on the health of the human body. The results of these research studies have been published in thirty-three peer-reviewed articles in highly regarded scientific journals. Most of these studies involved clinical trials of volunteers with chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and fibromyalgia. These volunteers were fed diets of either modern or ancient wheat and then results of blood analysis were compared. The results surprised the researchers and could lead to the better understanding of why so many people have trouble eating modern wheat as well as the promise of high neutrons and improved health promised by ancient wheat.
THE FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF ORGANICS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5
As a wheat farmer in the northern great plains of Montana during the 1980’s the financial viability of fully converting to organic was a big driver for my father and me. We were able to reduce the cost of our inputs and increase the value of the crops we were selling which made a big difference in our bottle line. So much so that within three years we were making money for a change and no longer needed to go to the bank every spring for an operating note for the year. I would like to share with you the details of that experience as well as the current financial experience of a friend nearby whose family is currently farming a split operation of organic and non-organic.