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Details Announced for National Pesticide Forum, June 1-3, Chicago

(Beyond Pesticides, February 16, 2007) Changing Course in a Changing Climate: Solutions for health and the environment, the 25th National Pesticide Forum, will be held June 1-3 at Loyola University (Water Tower campus) in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile neighborhood. This exciting environmental health conference is convened by Beyond Pesticides and co-sponsored by Safer Pest Control Project, Nutrition for Optimal Health Association and others. The Forum begins Friday afternoon with a Chicago City Hall green roof tour and ends Sunday at noon. A Pesticide Working Group meeting will follow. See details below. Register online or call 202-543-5450 to register by phone.

Forum topics include Global warming: Consequences and the organic connection; Environmental justice; Elevated risks of pesticide mixtures; The hazards and fate of common antibacterials; The truth about nanotechnology; Asthma and the pesticide link; New legislative opportunities; Passing local policies; Great Lakes/water contamination; Sustainable agriculture, nutrition and urban gardens; Scientific integrity; Safer pest management strategies; and more.

Featured Speakers (see updated list with bios): Samuel S. Epstein, M.D. (2007 Dragonfly Award recipient), author of The Politics of Cancer, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois School of Public Health and chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition; Rolf Halden, Ph.D., P.E., professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D., professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley; Paul Hepperly, Ph.D., Rodale Institute’s research and training manager; Peter Orris, M.D., associate director of the Great Lakes Center for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health of the University Of Illinois School Of Public Health and director of its Occupational Health Service Institute and Global Toxics Policy Program; Lisa Madigan (invited), Illinois Attorney General; Jennifer Sass, Ph.D., Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) senior scientist and director of NRDC’s scientific integrity project; Peggy Shepard, executive director of West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT); and, Cynthia Willard-Lewis (invited), New Orleans City Councilmember.

Rates: Members: $65; Non-members: $75 (includes one-year membership); Business: $175 (includes one-year membership for non-members). Forum registration includes a welcome reception, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday, plus all panel sessions, keynotes and workshops. All food will be organic. Register online.

Lodging: Hotels in Chicago are very expensive and extremely limited this time of year, so we highly recommend that you take advantage of our on-site university housing. On-site lodging (price is per person for two nights, including tax): “Single” (private bedroom, every two bedrooms share common space and bathroom, 2 people per bath): $232; “Double” (shared bedroom, every two bedrooms share common space and bathroom, 4 people per bath): $170. Book online. If you would prefer other lodging options, hotels listed on the lodging page may have vacancy.

Coming Clean Pesticide Working Group Meeting: The Pesticide Working Group (PWG) of Coming Clean will meet on Sunday, June 3rd at Loyola University (Water Tower Campus) immediately following the Forum. If you would like to attend this invitation-only meeting or would like more information on PWG, please contact co-chairs John Kepner ([email protected]) of Beyond Pesticides or Kristin Schafer ([email protected]) of Pesticide Action Network North America. All activists are encouraged to attend.


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