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Reclaiming Our Healthy Future – National Pesticide Forum Update

(Beyond Pesticides, January 8, 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.

James Roberts, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina and co-author of Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings, and Jim Riddle, outreach coordinator for the University of Minnesota Organic Ecology program, have recently been added to the program. Previously announced speakers include 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.

Session topics include: Children’s health and public policy; Farmworker justice, organizing and consumer action; Building just and healthy food systems; Power of local activism to influence political change; Pesticides and the secret history of the war on cancer; Skills training sessions; DDT and malaria; Global warming and biofuels; Biomonitoring and pesticide drift; Lawns and landscapes; Managing indoor environments; Water quality and much more.

Jim Riddle is outreach coordinator for the University of Minnesota Organic Ecology program and has worked in the field of organic agriculture for over 25 years. He began farming organically in 1980, and in the early 1990s, he became involved with various government agencies and private organizations that establish organic standards and policy, including the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement. Since 2001, Jim has served on the National Organic Standards Board. From 2003 to 2004, he held an endowed chair position in agricultural systems for the University of Minnesota.

James R. Roberts, M.D., MPH, associate professor of pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, has been conducting clinical research since 1996. His special research interests include children’s environmental health hazards and the management of lead toxicity in children. A graduate of Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Dr. Roberts is co-author of EPA’s Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings.

Speaker bios, basic information and registration details are available online.


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