(Beyond Pesticides, March 3, 2014) Advancing Sustainable Communities: People, pollinators and practices, the 32nd National Pesticide Forum, will be held April 11-12, 2014 at Portland State University, in Portland, OR. This years’ forum will focus on solutions to the decline of pollinators and other beneficials; strengthening the organic food production system; regulating and right-to-know genetically engineered food; improving farmworker protection and agricultural justice; and creating healthy buildings, schools and homes. Join top scientists, local and national activists and grassroots organizers to strategize on solutions that protect health and the environment. For more information and to register, go to www.beyondpesticides.org/forum.
In addition to the program, people, science, sharing and strategizing, you won’t want to miss the food! Organic food and beverages will be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday, and we will have organic hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine for receptions on Friday and Saturday night.
Speaker highlights include:
- Longtime leader in sustainable and organic agriculture, Fred Kirschenmann;
- “Maverick” Scientist Michael Skinner, Ph.D., author of the landmark study that links exposure to DDT with multi-generational effects, ultimately contributing to obesity three generations down the line;
- Goat herder Lani Malmberg, who uses her heard of over 2,000 goats to manage invasive plants and land organically;
- George Kimbrell, who is leading litigation on neonicotinoids and honey bees as well as the deregulation of genetically engineered food;
- Lead author of American Academy of Pediatrics’ landmark policy statement and report on the effects of pesticide exposure in children, James Roberts, MD, MDPH, FAAP;
- World renowned environmental toxicologist who has studied the impacts of pesticides on bees and birds, Pierre Mineau, Ph.D.;
- Rep. Jeff Reardon (D-Portland), who introduced HB 4139, the Save Oregon Pollinators Act.;
- Mace Vaughan, pollinator program director for The Xerces Society;
- Nelson Carassaquillo, national coordinator, El Comité de Apoyo a losTrabajadores (CATA-The Farmworkers’ Support Committee), who is working on an agricultural justice food label;
- And so much more! Click here for the speaker lineup.
Registration fee includes access to all forum sessions, including workshops and tour (separate RSVP is required for tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org). Register by March 15 to receive our early bird discount rate!
- General Admission/Non-Members: $75 (includes 1-year membership and 100% organic tote-bag);
- Members/Grassroots Activist Rate: $40 before March 15, $45 after March 15;
- Students (with current ID): $20 before March 15, $25 after March 15;
- Business Rate: $175 (includes 1-year subscription to Pesticides and You).
Register online today or call 202-543-5450 to register by phone.
We encourage you to register in advance to ensure your space and food, but walk-ins are welcome as long as space is available.
The conference is convened by Beyond Pesticides, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP), and Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Local and regional co-sponsors include: Beyond Toxics, Center for Food Safety, Friends of Family Farmers, John A Green MD III The EverGreen Center, Healthy Bees-Healthy Gardens, Lewis and Clark Law School, Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Oregon Tilth, Pesticide Action Network North America, PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste), Portland Urban Beekeepers, University of Portland’s Environmental Studies Department, and The Xerces Society.