New York Launch Event

Join co-sponsors Pacific Natural Foods and Zevia Zero Calorie Soda for a fascinating evening of tasty food and conversation, commemorating the seminal event that launched the modern natural foods industry, and celebrating the release of the compelling new book by Joe Dobrow, Natural Prophets.

25th Anniversary of the Alar Alarm and the Panic for Organic: A Celebration of the Natural Foods Industry

DATE:  Wednesday, February 26

TIME:  5:30 – 7:30pm

LOCATION:  GustOrganics restaurant, 519 Sixth Avenue @14th Street, New York, NY

On February 26, 1989, 60 Minutes aired a segment entitled “A is for Apple,” highlighting the dangers posed by the apple ripening agent daminozide, otherwise known as Alar.  The reaction around the country was swift, as parents started dumping applesauce and schools in New York and Los Angeles cancelled their orders for apple juice.  Soon there was what Newsweek called a “panic for organic.”  This was the single event that launched the modern natural foods industry, which is now $100 billion in size and one of the most influential forces of change in the business world.
Join us at New York’s first and only certified organic restaurant, and the world’s only USDA certified organic bar,
the bar at GustOrganics
the bar at GustOrganics
as we revisit the Alar crisis and the progress made by the natural foods industry in the last 25 years.  Featured speakers are Drew and Myra Goodman, the New York natives who founded Earthbound Farm, built it into one of the largest and most important organic brands in the world, and recently sold it for $600 million.  Sample the marvelous foods of GustOrganics, such as organic quinoa mango salad, organic chicken quesadillas, and organic gluten-free tiramisu. Copies of Natural Prophets will be available for purchase and signing.

TICKETS:  $10 – click here to reserve through Yale alumni registration page

MENU:  your ticket includes (all organic) Chicken Quesadilla, Mushroom Risotto, Quinoa Mango Salad, Mini Spinach Quiche, Mini Turkey Meatballs, Gluten-Free Tiramisu, Chocolate Mousse; cash bar


Myra and Drew Goodman

Myra and Drew Goodman




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GustOrganics risotto