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New Speakers, Schedule Announced for Healthy Future Conference

(Beyond Pesticides, January 28, 2008) Reclaiming Our Healthy Future: Political change to protect the next generation, the 26th National Pesticide Forum, will be held March 14-16 at the University of California, Berkeley. Register now to pay the pre-registration rate.

Recent speaker additions include Marla Cone, author of Silent Snow and environmental journalist with the Los Angles Times; Paul Saoke, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility Kenya; and Ted Schettler MD, science director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. These speakers will be joining a line-up which already includes Arturo Rodriguez (UFW President), Devra Davis, Ph.D. (author and University of Pittsburgh professor of epidemiology) and Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology). Also, actress Kaiulani Lee will perform A Sense of Wonder, her one-woman play based on the life and works of Rachel Carson.

The conference themes are pesticides and health with a particular focus on children and workers, a vision for a just and sustainable food system, and creating political change. A tentative schedule of events is now available on the Forum webpage.

Marla Cone is one of the nation’s premier environmental journalists. She has 22 years of experience covering environmental issues, including 18 years at the Los Angeles Times. In 2005 she published Silent Snow: The Slow Poisoning of the Arctic. What she discovered while researching the book was shocking: Tons of dangerous chemicals and pesticides from the U.S, Europe, and Asia are being carried to the Arctic by winds and waves and amplified in the ocean’s food web with dramatic impacts on Inuit communities. Ms. Cone has twice won a national award for environmental reporting.

Paul Saoke is executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR-Kenya) and vice-president of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment. He participated actively in negotiation of the Stockholm Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, and is currently working on two books on DDT and Malaria in Africa. He is currently the Vicechair of the National Steering Committee for the implementation of Stockholm Convention in Kenya, and chairs the DDT expert committee. He oversaw the development of Kenya’s national action plan on DDT.

Ted Schettler MD is science director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. He has a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and an MPH from Harvard University. He practiced medicine in New England for over 30 years . Dr. Schettler is co-author of Generations at Risk: Reproductive Health and the Environment and In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development. He has published a number of articles on related topics in peer-reviewed journals and has served on advisory committees of the US EPA and National Academy of Sciences. Speaker bios, basic information and registration details are available online. 




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