Advancing Sustainable Communities:
People, pollinators and practices
The 32nd National Pesticide Forum
April 11-12, 2014
This year's 32nd National Pesticide Forum will be held at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center at Portland State University.
The Forum provides an opportunity for grassroots
advocates, scientists, and policy makers to interact and strategize on
solutions that are protective of health and the environment. Keynote
presentations, workshops, and plenary panels will focus on solutions to
the decline of pollinators and other beneficials; strengthening organic
agriculture; improving farmworker protection and agricultural justice;
and creating healthy buildings, schools and homes. By working with a
range environmental, health, consumer, and farm organizations, we expect
to bring together a diverse crowd in order to share our efforts to
build local, state and national strategies for strength, growth and
health—in line with our conference theme, Advancing Sustainable Communities.
Registration is Now Open!
Register by March 15 to receive our early bird discount rate! Registration fee includes access to all forum sessions, including workshops and tour (separate RSVP is required for tour!). If our program isn't enough to entice you, come for the food! Organic food and beverages will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday, and we will have organic hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine for receptions on Friday and Saturday night.
- 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.
Local information: Click here for information on lodging, and here for information on parking and directions to the conference location.
World renowned Canadian scientist Pierre Mineau, Ph.D., recognized“Champion of Nature” by the Canadian Geographic Society, and coauthor of the ground breaking report released with the American Bird Conservancy entitled The Impact of the Nation’s Most Widely Used Insecticides on Birds, joins an impressive array of speakers at Beyond Pesticides’ 32nd National Pesticide Forum, April 11-12 in Portland, Oregon.
Among many pieces of research, Dr. Mineau’s work on neonicotinoids has revealed the impact of one of the world’s most widely used class of insecticides on birds, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, and other wildlife. Birds that eat seeds coated with the pesticide can die after a single kernel, and even smaller amounts can affect reproduction with implications for the aquatic food chain as well. A retired senior research scientist at Environment Canada, Dr. Mineau has spent his life devoted to investigating the conflicts between wildlife and agriculture, particularly regarding pesticide use.
In addition to his work with Environment Canada—Canada’s EPA—he also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology at Carleton University and in the Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. In his professional work, he continues to focus on measuring the environmental footprint of pesticide use in order to develop new tool and approaches to protect wildlife, particularly birds, from the onslaught of conventional agriculture.
On his free time, Dr. Mineau also serves as part of the expert working group under the European Authority for the revision of European guidance on the assessment of pesticide risk to birds and mammals. He has been part of international collaborations to modify pesticide use programs in the African Sahel Region, Argentine pampas, and for Australian locus control. We are extremely proud to have Dr. Mineau as a keynote speaker for our 32nd National Pesticide Forum in Portland, OR. Register online now!
Check back as we highlight other notable speakers, including:
- "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
- George Kimbrell, who is leading litigation on neonicotinoids and honey bees as well as the deregulation of genetically engineered food;
- Goat herder Lani Malmberg, who uses her heard of over 2,000 goats to manage invasive plants and land organically;
- 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, and;
- Mace Vaughan, pollinator program pirector for The Xerces Society, and;
- Longtime leader in sustainable and organic agriculture, Fred Kirschenmann.
For a full list of speakers at this year's Forum, click here.
The conference is convened by Beyond Pesticides, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides and Portland State University's Institute for Sustainable Solutions.
Co-sponsors include Beyond Toxics, Center for Food Safety, John A. Green MD III-The EverGreen Center, Healthy Bees=Healthy Gardens, Lewis & Clark Law School, Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Oregon Sustainable Beekeepers, Oregon Tilth, The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), Pestcide Action Network, PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste), Portland Urban Beekeepers, University of Portland's Environmental Studies Department, and The Xerces Society. If your group is interested in co-sponsoring the forum please feel free to email us.
Videos from the 31st National Pesticide Forum last year in Albuquerque, NM are available to watch on our YouTube Channel. For more information, including the speaker line up and schedule of events from last year's conference, click here.
YOU! The generosity of our sponsors helps make conferences a great
event year after year. The sponsors listed below contributed to the 32nd National
Pesticide Forum scholarship fund, making it possible for people from around
the country to participate in one of the most important grassroots pesticide
meetings of the year. Learn more about becoming
a sponsor. Click on the logos for more information.