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More Speakers Announced – Sustainable Community Conference, April 8-9 in Denver

(Beyond Pesticides, February 15, 2011) What do an organic CEO, the lawyer leading the fight to ban GE alfalfa, a scientist who linked pesticide exposure to ADHD, and a beekeeper who exposed leaked EPA documents have in common? They will all be speaking at Sustainable Community: Practical solutions for health and the environment, the 29th National Pesticide Forum, April 8-9 at the Colorado School of Public Health in Denver (Aurora), Colorado. This national environmental conference will cover topics such as pesticides and health, pollinators, organic food and farming, genetically engineered crops, healthy communities, organic land care, non-toxic bed bug control, and more.

The event is open to the public and registration starts at $35. Limited scholarships are available, contact Beyond Pesticides for information.

Speaker highlights (see full list)

Maria Rodale – author of Organic Manifesto, CEO of Rodale Inc. -publisher of Organic Gardening and Prevention magazines, and co-chair of the research-based Rodale Institute’s board of directors.

Dana Boyd Barr, PhD – Emory University researcher whose studies have linked pesticide exposure to ADHD and other learning problems, reduced birth weight, diminished sperm quality and more.

Theo Colborn, PhD – honored by Time magazine as a global Environmental Hero, Dr. Colborn is co-author of Our Stolen Future and president of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX).

James Frazier, PhD – professor of entomology at Penn State University leading the national research into the disappearance of honeybees, known as colony collapse disorder (CCD).

George Kimbrell – Center for Food Safety lawyer leading the fight to ban genetically engineered alfalfa, sugar beets, and more.

Lani Malmberg – the self-described “gypsy” goat herder combating invasive weeds and restoring the land across 10 western states.

Marygael Meister – backyard beekeeper and founder of the urban beekeeping group Denver Bee who helped change the law to leagalize urban beekeeping in Denver.

Chip Osborne – founder and president of Osborne Organics, Mr. Osborne is a nationally-recognized expert in organic turf management.

Christine Parks, PhD – epidemiologist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) focused on the link between pesticides and autoimmune disorders.

Benjamin Ross, PhD – author of The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment, an acclaimed book detailing the history of the chemical industry and its undue influence on policy.

Timothy Scott – author of Invasive Plant Medicine: The Ecological Benefits and Healing Abilities of Invasives.

Tom Theobald – the beekeeper who exposed a leaked EPA memo disclosing a critically flawed science was used to register (legalize) the bee-killing pesticide clothianidin.

Changlu Wang, PhD – an entomologist and extension specialist at Rutgers University and national expert in environmentally-friendly on bed bug control and pesticide resistance.


Recession Rate: $35 (grassroots activists and Colorado residents), Student/Senior Rate: $35, Standard Rate: $75 (includes membership for non-members), Business rate: $175. Avoid the $25 late fee by registering before March 8th. Registration includes: keynote speakers and panel discussions; interactive, discussion-based workshops; tour and hands-on demonstrations; networking opportunities; organic food and drink (breakfast, lunch and two receptions); Forum packets, printed materials and more. Register online or call 202-543-5450 to register by phone.

Forum Sponsors

Beyond Pesticides, Denver Bee, Colorado School of Public Health – Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Grow Local Colorado, Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club, University of Colorado Environmental Center. We are still seeking sponsors, please email [email protected] or call 202-543-5450 for more information.


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