Co-Founder & Core Organizer of the Soil Not Oil Coalition
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Miguel Robles is the Co-Founder/Project Director of Biosafety Alliance, the core organizer of the Soil Not Oil International conference; previously he organized 4 editions of the “Justice Begins with Seeds Conference”. Artisan, poet, urban farmer and activist, he has founded several organizations in Mexico and the US and launched countless campaigns of great social impact, during his continuous involvement in various social struggles related to globalization, democracy, human/immigrant rights and in recent years focused in environment and food justice. He is a very well know activist throughout the Latino/social justice networks in California and other states where he has been invited to present in conferences & community events about his work on immigrant rights and environment/Non-GMO advocacy. He was the field organizer for Spanish speakers in 2012 during the historic Prop. 37 campaign in California, in which Latino vote in support of GMO Labeling reached 61%, the highest in the vote preferences by ethnicities. He is the Co-founder of the Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Coalition (BALASC), and one of the founding members of the Californians for GE Food Labeling Coalition. He is a strong supporter of the moratorium to prevent planting Genetically Engineered Corn in Mexico and works closely with the leaders behind it. For years he hosted a weekly educational radio program in Spanish at a commercial radio station in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area in which he educates about urban farming, sustainability, environmental & food issues. He had been a long term resident of the San Francisco Mission District before moving to Portland, Oregon where he currently lives.