Organic Neighborhoods

Organic Neighborhoods: For Healthy Children, Families, and Ecology

The 36th National Pesticide Forum
April 13–14, 2018

The Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering
Irvine, CA

Registration is open! Please register here.

Special rates for attendees available at Hotel Irvine. Make your hotel reservation here.

If you would like more information about Friday’s field trip when it becomes available, please email: [email protected]

Partial list of confirmed speakers (See speaker bios)

Carey Gillam, author and reporter, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science

Johnny Gonzales, environmental land management field operations manager, delivering ecological land management with managed goat grazing for invasives and fire mitigation throughout Southern California

Steve Sprinkel, president of the Ojai Center for Regenerative Agriculture, and farms 12 organic acres

Scott P. Carroll, PhD, biologist, Institute for Contemporary Evolution, UC Davis advocates conservation biology in understanding invasive plant management

Phillip Ackerman-Leist, professor of Sustainaing Agriculture and Food Systems at Green Mountain College, Farmer, and Author of A Precationary Tale

Tyrone Hayes, PhD, professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, and groundbreaking researcher on endocrine disruptors

Sandy DeSimone, PhD, director of Research and Education at Starr Ranch Sancturary

Nayamin Martinez, MPH, director of the Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN).

Meg Sears, PhD, an Ottawa-based scientist, and Chair of Prevent Cancer Now

James Neih, PhD, professor of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego, focusing on bee communication, cognition, and health, as well as the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bee behavior

Chip Osborne, president, Osborne Organics, organic turfgrass and landscape expert, successfully implements organic land management nationwide
Warren Porter, PhD, professor of Zoology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, researching pesticides and genetically engineered organisms
Routt Reigart, MD, professor emeritus of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina, one of the nation’s top pediatric experts on pesticides, author of Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisoning
Bruce Blumberg, PhD, professor of Developmental and Cell Biology at UC Irvine School of Biological Sciences, studying epigenetic pesticide effects
Dean Baker, MD, MPH, former director, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health at UC Irvine

Kim Konte, board member, Non Toxic Irvine, spearheading Irvine, CA ordinance transitioning city to organic land management

Jay Feldman, executive director, Beyond Pesticides, supporting advocacy for federal, state, and local policies and practices

City of Irvine officials, transitioning the community to organic land management


See Forum flyer here.


The 36th National Pesticide Forum is convened by Beyond Pesticides, the UC Irvine Center for Occupation and Environmental Health, and Non Toxic Irvine.


Co-Sponsors to be announced

Videos from Last Year's Forum

Miss out on the 2017 Forum? See Beyond Pesticides' YouTube page for videos of all the speakers, panels, and workshop discussions from the 35th National Pesticide Forum! Check out our past conferences here.

 If you would like more information about the conference, please email [email protected], or call 1.202.543.5450.


The generosity of our sponsors helps make for a great event year after year. The sponsors listed below contributed to the (2017) 35th National Pesticide Forum scholarship fund, making it possible for people from around the country to participate in one of the most important grassroots pesticide meetings of the year. Learn more about becoming a sponsor


Frey VineyardsOrganic ValleyTabbard InnDr. Bronner's