CORNER BROOK, Newfoundland--()--Stevia Nutra Corporation (OTC:QB STNT) – (The Company), an Agro-Management company focused on stevia agronomics, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ian Bowmer, Executive Director of the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), to the Company’s Board of Directors.
“I am very excited to join the Company’s Board of Directors at a time where there is increasing recognition of the health benefits of stevia over traditional sugars and chemical sweeteners”
Dr. Bowmer graduated from McGill University’s medical program in 1969 and went on to do his residency in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Royal Victoria Hospital and McGill University. He served as Dean of Medicine at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada from 1996 to 2003 and was appointed Executive Director of the Medical Council of Canada in 2007. Dr. Bowmer has garnered an abundance of policy development and governance experience within the Canadian medical community and is the recipient of several prominent awards for his work in medical education.
“Following the recent decision by Health Canada approving the use of steviol glycosides in a wide range of food and beverage products, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Ian Bowmer to our team,” says Company President Brian Dicks. “Dr. Bowmer’s leadership within the MCC and his knowledge and endorsement of the health benefits of stevia will bolster our on-going policy efforts to support stevia use in Canada and other jurisdictions. With his support we look forward to moving our advocacy agenda forward and warmly welcome Ian to our board.”
The recipient of several prestigious awards for his vision and contributions to medical education, Dr. Bowmer is one of the 13 non-governmental expert representatives on the Medical Council and Chair of the Working Committee.
“I am very excited to join the Company’s Board of Directors at a time where there is increasing recognition of the health benefits of stevia over traditional sugars and chemical sweeteners,” says Dr. Bowmer. “I look forward to engaging with government and private sector entities about the potential of stevia as a food and beverage ingredient, and the health benefits it offers to consumers, especially those battling diabetes and other obesity related illnesses.”
Stevia Nutra is an Agro-Management company focused on stevia agronomics which includes plant breeding, proprietary agricultural practices and post-harvest techniques. Stevia Nutra intends to invest heavily in R&D and IP acquisition and manage large-scale plantations for the production of high value stevia products.
Stevia Nutra is dedicated to utilizing best agronomic and business practices to demonstrate the sustainability and profitability of stevia production. By subscribing to, and implementing the performance standards published by the World Bank, Stevia Nutra is committed to becoming the premier producer of the highest quality stevia. Stevia Nutra recognizes the potential this remarkable plant has to reduce the global epidemic of obesity and diabetes and promote general good health. The Company's priority will be to embrace sustainability, innovation to promote profitable growth.
Stevia and the stevia sector
Stevia is the world’s only all natural zero calorie sweetener. Since being approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration late in 2008, and the EU in late 2011, stevia can now be found in over 6,000 food, beverage and medicine products, with many more new products to follow as global consumers are making healthier food choices.
Stevia is the fastest growing sweetener product in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that stevia will replace up to 20% of the global sweetener market valued at over $USD 10 Billion. Zenith International expects that stevia agriculture production will have to triple within two years to keep up with the strong demand. Only one year after FDA approval in the U.S., stevia sales surged past both aspartame and saccharin in the tabletop sugar market.
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