Shannon has been with the Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District's ever since receiving his B.S. degree in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin ? Stevens Point in 1990. For the past six years, he has worked for the Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District as a Watershed Specialist working exclusively in the Lake Decatur Watershed assisting the City of Decatur and the watershed planning committee in reducing sediments and nitrates that flow into the Lake on constant basis.
Shannon manages a city cost-share program to reduce sediment into the lake and he researches several different ways at reducing nitrates. In 1999, Shannon received his license as a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and began working with the City and County on urban erosion issues.
Shannon also has been a member of the Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Society since 1991 and is currently President of the Society. Shannon recently started the Central Illinois Farm Fresh Network, to promote locally grown foods to Central Illinois Communities and to help small farmers market their crops to Farmers Markets, Chefs and Consumers.
Jeffrey Smith is the author of the explosive expose, Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating. His book reveals how industry manipulation and political collusion, not sound science, allow dangerous genetically engineered food into your daily diet.
He has worked with non-profit and political groups on this issue for nearly a decade. In 1998, Mr. Smith ran for U.S. Congress to raise public awareness of the health and environmental impacts. He later became Vice President of Marketing for a GMO detection laboratory.
He is currently the Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, a member of the Genetic Engineering Committee of the Sierra Club, on the Steering Committee of the Genetic Engineering Action Network, and on the advisory board of the Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods.
Jeffrey has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and lives with his wife in Iowa, surrounded by genetically modified corn and soybeans.