Beyond Pesticides: Can We Shift to a Pesticide-Free Agriculture?
Examining the evidence, from impacts on wildlife to farm-worker children, a panel of leading experts in public health, social science, and policy will ask whether the latest research on endocrine disruption effects on wildlife and humans, the environmental justice issues associated with pesticide drift from farms, and the educational and social consequences of child exposure, can be marshaled to shift our agricultural system to one that is pesticide-free yet pest resilient. The panel will critically appraise whether new policy paradigms could be effective, whether organic and local agriculture is helping to reduce pesticide use, whether the role of corporate power in maintaining the current system can be changed, and whether universities and the government are adequately supporting research into pesticide problems and alternatives. The panel will reflect on what steps must be taken to reach for a pesticide-free world.
Please join us for a reception with refreshments following the forum.
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