(Beyond Pesticides, February 18, 2015) Several new speakers, including cutting edge researchers bridging science and policy, have been added to the lineup of speakers at the 33rd National Pesticide ForumÂ in Orlando, Florida April 17-18,Â Agricultural Justice, Age of Organics, and Alligators. And, right now we are running an early bird discount rate of $5 off the normal price through March 15. Register today!Â
The Forum, which will be held at Florida A&M University College of Law, is convened by Beyond Pesticides in collaboration with the Farmworker Association of Florida, FAMU Law School, Florida Organic Growers and Consumers, as well as local environmental and public health advocacy organizations.Â The Forum provides an opportunity to share the current science and policy information and discuss local, state, and national issues, andÂ will focus on agricultural justice, particularly as it relates to farmworker protections and organic agriculture. Biodiversity, pollinator protection, and other relevant issues for central Florida, including mosquito management and genetic engineering will also be covered.
Early Bird Registration Details:Â
We have a special early bird registration rate, which isÂ $5 off the normal price until March 15. After that date, general admission will be $45, and $25 for students with current ID. We also have an upgraded rate of $75, which includes a 1-year membership to Beyond Pesticides and a free 100% organic tote bag, and an industry rate of $175.Â Register today!Â Registration includesÂ organic food and drink!!Â All entry levels include access to all sessions, workshops, plus Friday afternoon Lake Apopka toxic tour (RSVP required), and printed materials. Additionally, we will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner on Saturday, along with receptions both nights with organic beer and wine.Â Click hereÂ to register now, or go to:Â http://Reg33NPF.
New Speaker Highlights:
Tyrone Hayes, PhDÂ is a trailblazing biologist whose research finds that the herbicide atrazine feminizes male frogs, is one of the leading scientists critical of the pesticide industry and regulatory process. He is a professor of Integrated Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is one of the leading scientists critical of the pesticide industry and regulatory process. Dr. Hayes has published more than 40 papers, over 150 abstracts and has given more than 300 talks on the growth and development in amphibians. Dr. Hayesâ work has shown that current regulatory reviews allow widespread use of pesticides that cause serious adverse effects well below legal standards. Â Through his research, he states,Â âI have come to realize that the most important environmental factors affecting amphibian development are synthetic chemicals (such as pesticides) that interact with hormones in a variety of ways to alter developmental responses.â
Geoffrey Calvert, MD is Team Leader at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Calvert is author of numerous studiesÂ and reports, including the recent CDC report, Worker Illness Related to Newly Marketed Pesticides, whichÂ evaluates a farmworker poisoning incident in Washington State and identifiesÂ deficiencies in farmworker protection from pesticides.
Philip K. Stoddard, PhD is Mayor of the City of South Miami, as well as a professor of biology at the Florida International University. He was elected Mayor in 2010, and re-elected in 2012 and 2014, and is a strong proponent of community, livable cities, quiet neighborhoods, responsive government, and environmental protection, leadingÂ efforts to protect beneficial species. As mayor, he spearheaded an initiative to address mosquito-borne diseases while limiting environmental damage from over-application of broad-spectrum insecticides, designating the city of South Miami as a wildlife sanctuary in order to prevent mosquito spray by the county.
The conference, including a tour in the Apopka area, runs from the afternoon of April 17 through the evening of April 18, and brings together scientists, policy makers, and public health and environmental advocates to interact and strategize on solutions that are protective of health and the environment.Â See the tentative schedule here.Â
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