Head Of Maine Organic Farmers Association Dies At 56, Serene in the Knowledge He Would Have Died At 55 if He Used Pesticides


libbyRussell Libby, one of the nation’s leading advocates for organic farming, died on Sunday at his farm in Mount Vernon, Me. He was 56. The cause was cancer, his wife, Mary Anne, said. What began with his fourth-grade teacher handing out packets of vegetable seeds to her students in Sorrento, Me., nearly five decades ago, evolved into a lifelong passion for Mr. Libby and a deep concern about industrial farming and its use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. “We have to challenge the idea that contamination is just the price of living in the modern world,” was a refrain in his many speeches. (read more at the New York Times)