Boston, MA—Natural Products Expo East returns to Boston next month, October 13–16, with a big name speaker. Big screen actress and vegan Alicia Silverstone will speak at the Friday morning keynote event on how poor food choices are negatively affecting disease rates and the environment.

Other featured speakers include Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farm, and Dara O’Rourke, co-founder of GoodGuide. On Thursday, Hirshberg will offer lessons from his experiences growing Stonyfield Farm, and O’Rourke will cover how important transparency is in today’s retailer market in his Saturday morning talk.

This year’s educational program will have a heavy organic focus, given the show’s co-location with the All Things Organic conference. Topics covered this year will include private labeling, organic personal care, regulations and the future of organic.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, October 2010 (published ahead of print on August 28, 2010)