Science, Policy, and Advocacy at 36th National Pesticide Forum, Organic Neighborhoods: For healthy children, families, and ecology
(Beyond Pesticides, March 13, 2018) Do you want to take toxic pesticides out of your community? Then there’s nothing better you can do in April than attend Beyond Pesticides’ 36th National Pesticide Forum this year, Organic Neighborhoods: For healthy children, families, and ecology, April 13-14, in Irvine, California. Discounted early bird registration ends this week on Thursday, March 15. This is a unique opportunity to share knowledge with those on the cutting edge of research, meet with effective advocates to talk organizing and policy strategy on protecting people and the environment, and learn from practitioners on implementation of plans for organic management practices without toxic pesticides.
Why It’s Important to Attend the Forum
Organic Neighborhoods: for healthy children, families, and ecology reaffirms the value of bringing people together to share the latest science, policies, and practices to protect our communities from toxic pesticide use. We take a positive approach in showcasing the opportunities to adopt organic practices that eliminate the need for toxic chemicals. Change is emanating from communities and businesses across the country because federal and, too often, state governments are not functioning as they should for the common good.
Topics include environmental health, organic land management, pollinator protection, managing invasive species, local action, and protecting waterways.
The meeting is convened by Beyond Pesticides, University of California Irvine’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, and Non Toxic Irvine, and sponsored by Center for Regenerative Agriculture, Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR), Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), Audubon California, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE), Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Parents for a Safer Environment, American Bird Conservancy (ABC), Moms Across America, Moms Advocating Sustainability, and more. Major corporate sponsors include Organic Valley, Dr. Bronners, Stonyfield, and Tabard Inn.
Check out this partial list of confirmed speakers below and see complete speaker list and bios here.
Carey Gillam, author and reporter, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science
Johnny Gonzales, environmental land management field operations manager, delivering ecological land management with managed goat grazing for invasives and fire mitigation throughout Southern California
Steve Sprinkel, president of the Ojai Center for Regenerative Agriculture, and farms 12 organic acres
John Bohert and Scott Eldredge, Eldredge Lumber and Hardware, converting ACE hardware store to organic compatible products
Scott P. Carroll, PhD, biologist, Institute for Contemporary Evolution, UC Davis advocates conservation biology in understanding invasive plant management
Phillip Ackerman-Leist, professor of Sustaining Agriculture and Food Systems at Green Mountain College, farmer, and author of A Precautionary Tale
Tyrone Hayes, PhD, professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, and groundbreaking researcher on endocrine disruptors
Angel Garcia, community organizer and founder of Coalition Advocating for Pesticide Safety.
Sandy DeSimone, PhD, director of Research and Education at Starr Ranch Sancturary
Nayamin Martinez, MPH, director of the Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN)
Caroline Cox, research director, Center for Environmental Health, tracking pesticide science and law
Meg Sears, PhD, an Ottawa-based scientist, and Chair of Prevent Cancer Now
James Nieh, PhD, professor of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego, focusing on bee communication, cognition, and health, as well as the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bee behavior
Chip Osborne, president, Osborne Organics, organic turfgrass and landscape expert, successfully implements organic land management nationwide
Warren Porter, PhD, professor of Zoology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, researching pesticides and genetically engineered organisms
Routt Reigart, MD, professor emeritus of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina, one of the nation’s top pediatric experts on pesticides, author of Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisoning
Bruce Blumberg, PhD, professor of Developmental and Cell Biology at UC Irvine School of Biological Sciences, studying epigenetic pesticide effects
Dean Baker, MD, MPH, former director, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health at UC Irvine
Kim Konte, board member, Non Toxic Irvine, spearheading Irvine, CA ordinance transitioning city to organic land management
Jay Feldman, executive director, Beyond Pesticides, supporting advocacy for federal, state, and local policies and practices
City of Irvine officials, transitioning the community to organic land management
See Forum flyer here.
Please register here.
Special rates for attendees available at Hotel Irvine. Make your hotel reservation here.
* If you would like more information about the Friday (April 13) field trip, touring the California Starr Ranch Sanctuary, examples of organically managed playing fields, and an “approaches to managed-goat-grazing” demonstration (courtesy of Environmental Land Management), please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See you at the Forum!