Asilomar must have saved a ton of $$ when they fill up with dirty hippies. Think of the savings on water and towel usage.
Organics make up 4 percent of at-home food sales, said the Organic Trade Association. Cantisano said organic food is only mainstream for urban, educated people “of means.”
“The majority of it is consumed on the coast,” he said. “… You don’t even have to go very far from Monterey to find a total lack of it. You have to look long and hard if you get to Greenfield or King City.”
Still, the conference continues to grow considerably.
By the end of the 1980s it had about 500 people attending a year. By the time it moved to Asilomar Conference Grounds in the 1990s it had jumped to around 800.
For the last four years, much of the lodging near the conference grounds has sold out.