(Beyond Pesticides, February 17, 2017) We’re only two months away from our 35th National Pesticide Forum! Join us for Healthy Hives, Healthy Lives, Healthy Land: Ecological and Organic Strategies for Regeneration, held at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 28-29, 2017.
Get the Early Bird Discount (available until March 28)! As an Early Bird buyer, you can get a general rate for $40, a student rate for $20, or a business rate for $170. Scholarships are also available. All ticket price rates include organic meals: on Friday, organic beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvre; on Saturday, organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus organic beer and wine at the evening reception. For more details about registration, click here.
The Forum offers a unique opportunity during a critical time in our nation’s history to chart a course that upholds principles, values, policies and practices that protect health and the environment. The Forum brings together speakers on the latest science on pesticides, from bee-toxic neonicotinoids to glyphosate, contrasted with practitioners utilizing organic management practices in agriculture and parks, and on athletic fields and rangeland. In sum, the Forum seeks to help hone public understanding of the hazards of pesticides and the emerging science on adverse effects, while delving into local policy changes that are driving pesticide bans and incentivizing ecological and regenerative practices. The Forum includes a broad range of speakers and collaborators, and will provide an opportunity for grassroots advocates, scientists, policy makers, and land managers to discuss effective strategies and practices that work collectively for a sustainable future.
Forum attendees have the opportunity to join us for a tour on Friday, April 28 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Tentative tour options include an immersive beehive tour and an educational walkthrough of a student-driven organic farm. Spots on the tour are limited, so register today to reserve your place.
We will be hosting workshops on the second day of the Forum that will touch on a variety of topics, including environmental health and pesticides, pollinator protection, protecting Midwest watersheds, organic management (including lawns, agricultural landscapes, and structures), seed sovereignty and organic seed availability, soil health, local organizing, and litigation successes to protect human health and the environment.
- Vera Krischik, PhD is faculty in the Entomology Department in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Since 1998, Dr. Krischik has been director of CUES: Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability, which promotes sustainable landscapes and conservation of beneficial insects. In 2010 and 2014, Dr. Krischik received an LCCMR grant on mitigating pollinator decline.
- Jeff Moyer is a world renowned authority in organic agriculture. His expertise includes organic crop production systems with a focus on weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design. In September 2015, Jeff was appointed as Executive Director of Rodale Institute after spending the last four decades at the Institute, helping countless farmers make the transition from conventional, chemical-based farming to organic methods.
- David Oien is a co-founder and the President of Timeless Seeds, Inc., a certified organic pulse crop and heritage grain company that is featured in the book Lentil Underground by Liz Carlisle (who will also be speaking at the forum)! Timeless Seeds contracts with dozens of organic farmers in Montana and markets its products across America to customers like Blue Apron, Eden Foods, Stanford University Dining Services, high end and farm-to-table restaurants, and hundreds of natural food stores including the Wedge and the Lake Winds Coop stores in the Twin Cities.
- Amy Van Saun is an attorney in Center for Food Safety (CFS)’s Portland, Oregon office. As part of CFS’s legal team, Amy works on CFS’s active docket of impact litigation and high-profile cases on issues related to pollinators and pesticides, organics, genetic engineering, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs or factory farms), aquaculture, and food labeling.
Check back as we add information about speakers and sessions for the upcoming conference.
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If you would like more information about the conference, please email info@beyondpesticides, or call 202-543-5450.
Videos from Last Year’s Conference
See Beyond Pesticides’ YouTube page for videos of all the speakers, panels, and workshop discussions from the 34th National Pesticide Forum! Check out Beyond Pesticides’ past conferences here.
All unattributed positions and opinions in this piece are those of Beyond Pesticides.