Organic Neighborhoods

Organic Neighborhoods: For Healthy Children, Families, and Ecology

The 36th National Pesticide Forum
April 13–14, 2018

The Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, Irvine, CA

This a unique opportunity to share knowledge with those on the cutting edge of pesticide 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.

Registration is open! Please register here.

Special rates for attendees are 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, seeing examples of organically managed playing fields, and an "approaches to managed goat grazing" demonstration (courtesy of Environmental Land Management), please email: [email protected]

Summary of the Program (printable version available here)

Partial list of confirmed speakers (see speaker bios)

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 farmer of 12 organic acres

Scott P. Carroll, PhD, biologist, Institute for Contemporary Evolution, UC Davis; advocates conservation biology in understanding invasive plant management

Phillip Ackerman-Leist, professor of Sustainable 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 Sanctuary

Nayamin Martinez, MPH, director of the Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN)

Meg Sears, PhD, 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

Rhiannon Bailard, founding director of Center for Sustainability at Pepperdine University

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.


Plenary Sessions
Protecting Life — From Frogs to the Human Family • City of Irvine’s Path to Organic Land Management • Understanding Pesticides — Health and Law • A Critical Eye on Pesticides, Science, and Industry • Organic Systems for Health and Resiliency • Protecting Family Health and the Environment • Health Effects of Pesticide Use: Children and the Community • Cutting Edge Science • Science and Ecology — From Aquatic Organisms to Plants and Pollinators • Pesticides and the Law • Farmworkers, Families, and Health • GMO Crops and Pesticides • Adopting Organic Land Management Practices: Investing in Success • The Leading Edge of Community-Based Change Panel; A Sustainable Future

Human Health and Pesticides • Supporting Biodiversity and Balanced Ecosystems • Threatened Watersheds and Riparian Preservation • Organic Soil Management: Nurturing Soil Biology for Plant Health • 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


The 36th National Pesticide Forum is convened by Beyond Pesticides, the UC Irvine Center for Occupation and Environmental Health, and Non Toxic Irvine.


Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), American Bird Conservancy (ABC), Audubon California, Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR), Center for Regenerative Agriculture, The Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE), Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN), EcoFarm, Moms Across America, Moms Advocating Sustainability, Parents for a Safer Environment, Poison Free Malibu, Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants.

Videos from Last Year's Forum

Miss out on the 2017 Forum? See Beyond Pesticides' YouTube page for videos of all the speakers, panels, and workshop discussions from the 35th National Pesticide Forum! Check out our past conferences here.

 If you would like more information about the conference, please email [email protected], or call 1.202.543.5450.


The generosity of our sponsors helps make for a great event year after year. The sponsors listed below are current contributers to the 36th 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.


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