Vale Laura Cecilia Montenegro Bartolo has passed away.
Laura passed away on Saturday October 28 in Buenos Aries, Argentina.
Laura was one of the international leaders of the organic sector. She pioneered third party certification in Argentina and built up her company, Argencert, into one of the significant certifying bodies. Under her leadership Argencert enabled organic producers in Latin America to have market access to the important world markets such as the USA, the European Union and Canada. She attended all the major international organic trade shows, such as Biofach Nuremberg, where she had an Argencert booth that promoted the produce of Argentinian farmers and processors.
Laura was actively involved with IFOAM – Organics International, the global change agent and umbrella body for the global organic sector. She was a member of the Nominations Committee that encouraged good candidates to nominate for the IFOAM World Board. She participated as a voting member in the IFOAM General Assemblies (GA). This is the highest body in IFOAM. As well as electing the World Board, the GA also votes on motions that set the direction of IFOAM and the global organic sector.
Laura and her husband Steve Bartolo, started stewardship of their own avocado and mango farm in Febuary 2014 in Upper Kandanga, Queensland, Australia and immediately started the transition to organic certification. She sold Argencert so that she could be actively involved in running the farm. The time she spent with her husband on their farm were some of the happiest times in her life. She loved the farm and farm work and they had great plans to build it into a highly productive, multi-functional, multi-crop enterprise and demonstrate this for the world to see.
Laura is well known and highly respected in the international organic community. She has many friends. She is survived by her husband and step son, her son, her brother, her mother and her absolute joy her new and only grand daughter. Laura will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
We express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Laura.