Organic Neighborhoods

The 36th National Pesticide Forum
April 13–14, 2018
Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences, Irvine, California, 

A Summary of the Program (printable version available here)
(subject to slight changes, and additional speakers; workshop speakers not listed on summary)

Friday, April 13, 2018

11:00am–3:30pm Field trip: Organic land management for soil health, and managing invasive plants and playing fields; managed goat grazing demonstration
Special Presentation: GMO Crops and Pesticides Use - Unexpected Relationships

Warren Porter, PhD, Professor of Zoology and Environmental Toxicology,
University of Wisconsin; baord member, Beyond Pesticides, Madison, WI
Terry Shistar, PhD, moderator, board member, Beyond Pesticides, Lawrence KS

4:50–5:00pm City of Irvine’s Path to Organic Land Management
Kim Konte, Non Toxic Irvine
5:00–6:15pm Understanding Pesticides: Health and Law
Caroline Cox, Center for Environmental Health; Meg Sears, PhD, Prevent Cancer Now, Ottawa, Canada; Melinda Hemmelgarn, Food Sleuth Radio
6:15–7:00pm Welcome and Keynote
6:15–7:00pm    Reception
7:00–7:20pm    Welcome (Jay Feldman, Beyond Pesticides; Routt Reigart, MD, Medical  
                           University of South Carolina; Dean Baker, MD, UCI Center for Occupational 
                           and Environmental Health)
7:20–8:10pm    Keynote: A Critical Eye on Pesticides, Science, and Industry
                           Carey Gillam, U.S. Right to Know, author, Whitewash
8:15–9:00pm    Keynote: Organic Systems for Health and Resiliency
                           Steve Sprinkel, Center for Regenerative Agriculture
9:00–10:30pm  Reception and Book Signing















Saturday, April 14, 2018

8:00–8:30am Breakfast and Registration
8:30–8:45am Welcome
Mayor Pro Tem, Christina Shea, City of Irvine
8:45–9:00am Protecting Family Health and the Environment
Dean Baker, MD, UCI Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
9:00–9:40am Health Effects of Pesticide Use: Children and the Community
Routt Reigart, MD, Medical University of South Carolina
Nayamin Martinez, MPH, Central California Environmental Justice Network
9:40–10:00am Cutting Edge Science
Bruce Blumberg, PhD, UCI School of Biological Sciences
10:00–10:45am Science and Ecology — From Aquatic Organisms to Plants and Pollinators
Michelle Hladik, PhD, U.S. Geological Survey
James Nieh, PhD, School of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego
Scott P. Carroll, PhD, Institute for Contemporary Evolution, UC Davis
10:45–11:00am Pesticides and the Law
Kim Richman, JD, The Richman Law Group, Brooklyn, NY
11:00–11:15am Break (move to workshops)
11:15–12:45pm Workshop Block I
Human Health and Pesticides ▪ Supporting Biodiversity and Balanced Ecosystems ▪ Threatened Watersheds and Riparian Preservation ▪ Organic Soil Management: Nurturing Soil Biology for Plant Health
12:45–2:30pm Lunch served, followed by lunch speakers
1:15–2:00pm    Farmworkers, Families, and Health
                           Angel Garcia, Californians for Pesticide Reform, Tulare
                           County Coalition Advocating for Pesticide Safety
2:00–2:30pm    Protecting Life — From Frogs to the Human Family
                           Tyrone Hayes, PhD, UC Berkeley
2:45–4:00pm Adopting Organic Land Management Practices: Investing in Success
    ▪ Chip Osborne, Osborne Organics
    ▪ John Bohert and Scott Eldredge, Eldredge Lumber & Hardware, ACE Hardware
    ▪ Johnny Gonzales, Environmental Land Management
    ▪ Scott Smith, public works deputy director, City of Irvine
    ▪ Joe Hoffman, maintenance and operations director, Irvine Unified School District    
    ▪ Lisa Novick, Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants
4:00–4:15pm Break (move to workshops)
4:15–5:45pm Workshop Block II
Leveraging the Law for Health and the Environment ▪ Organizing for Local Policy Change ▪ Organic Land Management: For Playing Fields and Farms ▪ Creating Just, Local, Organic Food Systems
5:45–7:15pm Dinner

Panel, and Keynote Reception
7:00–8:15pm    The Leading Edge of Community-Based Change Panel

    • Kim Konte, Non Toxic Irvine
    • Christina Shea, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Irvine
    • Autumn Ness, Aide, Councilwoman Elle Cochran, Maui County, Hawaii
    • Rachel Burger, Protect South Portland, Maine
    • Valerie Gorospe, The Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment
    • Meg Sears, PhD, Prevent Cancer Now

8:15–9:00pm    Keynote: A Sustainable Future
                           Philip Ackerman-Leist, Green Mountain College,
                           Vermont, author, Precautionary Tale   

9:00–10:30pm Reception and Book Signing


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