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Charles Benbrook

Dr. Charles Benbrook serves as the Chief Scientist of The Organic Center in Oregon. (

Benbrook worked in Washington, D.C. on agricultural policy, science and regulatory issues from 1979 through 1997. He served for 1.5 years as the agricultural staff expert on the Council for Environmental Quality; from 1981-1983, he was the Executive Director of the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Research, and Foreign Agriculture, U.S. House of Representatives; from 1984-1990, he served as the Executive Director, Board on Agriculture, National Academy of Sciences; he ran Benbrook Consulting Services from 1991 through 2006.  

Benbrook has a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He holds an adjunct faculty position in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department, Washington State University.