Joe started a summer job with Whole Foods Market in Boston over ten years ago, got sucked in by the fact that this is one of the most fulfilling companies that one could possiblywork for, and never left. He works as part of the company’s Quality Standards Team, which is responsible for developing and maintaining standards for natural food, bodycare and supplement ingredients. He also works on agricultural and food policy issues, including organic agriculture and genetically engineered crops, and works with our stores to maintain our status as the first national certified organic retailer. He also sits on the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board, the Non-GMO Project Board of Directors, and the Texas Department of Agriculture Organic Industry Advisory Board. Joe first fell in love with organic and sustainable agriculture while a student in New York State’s Hudson Valley; he holds a degree in cognitive neuroscience from Vassar College. When not geeking out about food chemistry, Joe’s probably reading, experimenting in the kitchen, finding a newer, colder swimming hole, or learning how to speak Texan.