(Beyond Pesticides, June 9, 2009) This month Beyond Pesticides expanded its website content to include video presentations from its 2006-2009 National Pesticide Forums. Topics range from big-picture organizing issues during an Obama administration to pesticide science and local organic farming issues. Presentations by Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) founder Baldemar Velasquez, Poisoned Profits: The Toxic Assault on Our Children authors Philip and Alice Shabecoff, mushroom expert Paul Stamets, author and radio commentator Jim Hightower, United Farm Workers president Arturo Rodriguez and others are posted on the new Videos for Change webpage.
While Beyond Pesticides encourages community leaders, scientists, policy makers and activists to attend its annual National Pesticide Forum to get together, share information, and elevate the pesticide reform movement, the new online videos of much of the Forum’s educational sessions make a similar contribution. Beyond Pesticides believes that sharing this information beyond the Forum as an educational and organizing tool will prove extremely valuable, and encourages readers of the Daily News blog to share the presentations with friends, community organizations, networks and state and local decision makers. New presentations will continue to be added to the website in the upcoming weeks.
Also this month, Beyond Pesticides expanded its online social network with a page on Facebook and a Twitter account and encourages members, activists, concerned individuals, organizations and others to become a Facebook “fan” and follow our “tweets” on Twitter. By joining us on these social networking websites, you’ll get the latest news on pesticide science and regulation, action alerts on breaking issues, as well as videos, podcasts and other links that we think will interest you sent directly to your computer or mobile phone.
Facebook was launched in 2004 and made available to the general public in 2006. Its mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People create accounts to keep up and connect with friends and issues they care about. Twitter, launched in 2006, is a free social networking and “micro-blogging” service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them. Learn more about Facebook here and Twitter here.
In addition to these new resources, the Beyond Pesticides website continues to provide organizing resources for activists – including the Pesticide Gateway, how-to organizing factsheets and campaign pages — as well as the Safety Source for Pest Management and do-it-yourself information on least and non-toxic management of homes, lawns and landscapes.