Visionary Organic PioneerElmer Laird

Honoured at Organic Connections 2006

In Saskatchewan, and Canada, Elmer’s name is synonymous with Organic Agriculture. A strong advocate, he has been voicing concerns about the health effects of agricultural chemicals on ecosystems and humans since the early 1970’s. Economic reasons led Elmer to first eliminate chemicals on his farm. Once he and his wife, Gladys, a research librarian, began to seek out and analyze information, there was no turning back. He felt it was important to share his discoveries. He was a regular correspondent to many media venues including a column in the Davidson Leader.  Elmer founded the Back to the Farm Research Foundation, the first organic research farm, and served as President for many years.  They sponsored a grasshopper harvester competition and researched intercropping combinations.

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