Leading from the Left

Monday, March 09, 2009

Important National Pesticide Conference

A major national pesticide conference will be held in Carrboro in a few weeks. The organizers have sent the following information:

We wanted to let you know about an exciting environmental conference focusing on a range issues facing NC and the nation. Bridge to an Organic Future: Opportunities for health and the environment, will be held April 3-4, 2009 at the Century Center in Carrboro, NC. Registration and info at www.beyondpesticides.org/forum.

Keynote speakers include Jim Hightower, author and radio commentator; Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC); and, Philip and Alice Shabecoff, authors of Poisoned Profits: The toxic assault on our children. Featured panelists include Freya Kamel, PhD, NIEHS scientist who linked pesticides to diabetes; Alex Lu, PhD, Harvard professor examining dietary pesticide exposure; Brett Ramey, Native Movement project director teaching urban agriculture to indigenous youth; Niell Lindley, NC organic dairy farmer; Jim Riddle, former
USDA NOSB chair; Chip Osborne, national expert on organic lawn conversion; Lani Malmberg, self-described "gypsy goat herder" managing invasive weeds; Tom Acury, PhD, director of Wake Forest Center for Worker Health; and more.The Forum will begin with an optional tour of Piedmont Biofuels in Pittsboro, NC on Friday at
1:00pm. Piedmont Biofuels is a cooperative that runs a research farm and sustainable biodiesel production facility, manufacturing fuel out of waste vegetable oil. Space is limited. Please RSVP to

The Forum is convened by Beyond Pesticides and Toxic Free NC. Co-sponsoring organizations include Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Haw River Assembly, North Carolina Coastal Federation, North Carolina Rural Communities Assistance Project, Piedmont Environmental Alliance, Rural Advancement Foundation
International – USA, UNC Alianza, UNC Environmental Science and Engineering Student Organization. Register online (Students $35, Members $65, Non-Members $75) and learn more about the conference at