Dr. Richard A. Levins is Professor Emeritus of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. He is an award-winning author of books about policy and economic issues affecting the food system and the general economy. His articles have appeared in major newspapers across the country, in leading industry publications, and in professional journals. After spending over 25 years in major universities advising adult learners on farm management issues and teaching economic principles, he left University life in 2003 and maintains an active practice in consulting, writing, and public speaking. Much of his work centers on agricultural policy and the economic and environmental benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture. He is the founder of Levins Publishing.