PANNA: Resource Pointer #357 (Food & Environmental Health Conferences)



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Resource Pointer #357 (Food & Environmental Health Conferences)
March
4, 2004

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*The 2004 National GEAN Conference, March 12-14, Berkeley, CA* Genetic Engineering Action Network (GEAN). Farmers, activists, concerned individuals, watchdogs, and organizers challenge genetic engineering (GE) in a weekend long discussion highlighting issues surrounding genetic engineering. Topics covered include: latest scientific research, reports on emerging GE technologies, biotech and international trade issues, patents, crop contamination, legal battles, GE legislation and policy, and activist strategies. Features Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian farmer sued by Monsanto for patent infringement from seeds that contaminated his crops, and Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception. For conference information, visit the conference Web site at: http://www.geaction.org/conference2004.html. Contact GEAN, 11 Ward Street, Suite 200, Somerville, MA 02143; phone (617) 661-6626; email info@geaction.org; Web site http://www.geaction.org/.

*Unite for Change: New Approaches to Pesticides and Environmental Health, April 2-4, Berkeley, CA* PANNA, Californians for Pesticide Reform, and Beyond Pesticides. Activists, farmers, concerned parents, conscientious consumers, organizations and scientists from throughout North America will gather to share and develop strategies to eliminate pesticide use and enhance environmental and human health. Workshop and plenary sessions address corporate control of the food system, biomonitoring reports, genetic engineering, pesticide drift, successful grass roots campaigns, pesticide legislation, the international pesticide trade, West Nile Virus, alternative food systems, pesticides in water, and much more. Visit the conference Web site at: http://www.beyondpesticides.org/forum/ to learn more. Contact PANNA, 49 Powell St., Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94102; phone (415) 981-1771; fax (415) 981-1991; email panna@panna.org; Web site http://www.panna.org/.

*All Things Organic Conference and Trade Show, May 2-4, Chicago, IL* Organic Trade Association. Highlights new business opportunities in the organics industry and unites organic farmers, distributors, processors and suppliers. Exhibitors demonstrate their products and services while conference sessions discuss trends in the organics market. Keynote speakers include Dr. David Suzuki, Rick Bayless, and Sandra Steingraber. See the conference Web site at: http://www.atoexpo.com/. Contact Organic Trade Association, P.O. Box 547 Greenfield, MA 01302; phone (413) 774-7511; fax (413) 774-6432; email info@ota.com; Web site http://www.ota.com/.

*People and the Planet: Changing Values for a Sustainable Future, May 14-16, Calgary, Alberta* Sierra Club of Canada. Workshops and plenaries discuss a wide range of environmental topics including: biodiversity, industrial agriculture, international trade, nuclear energy, sustainability, climate change, and land stewardship. An Environmental Fair showcases the work and products of non-governmental organizations and businesses striving for sustainability and a "Kids and the Planet" program addresses future activists. Maude Barlow, Naomi Klein, David Korten, Ken Wiwa, Ralph Torrie, Jerry Mander, and several others will speak. For more conference information, see http://www.sierraclub.ca/national/people-and-the-planet/index.html. Contact Sierra Club Canada, 412-1 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 7B7, Canada; phone (613) 241-4611; email info@sierraclub.ca; Web site http://www.sierraclub.ca/national/.

*Bioneers, October 15-17, San Rafael, CA* Bioneers. Professional and general audiences gather to discuss new approaches to solving today's environmental problems. An exhibitor hall including non-profits and businesses, and a film festival complement the conference proceedings. Registration is not yet available but spaces fill up fast. Check the Bioneers Web site frequently if you wish to exhibit.. Contact Bioneers, Collective Heritage Institute, 901 West San Mateo Road, Suite L, Santa Fe, NM 87505; phone (877) 246-6337; fax (505) 986-1644; email info@bioneers.org; Web site http://www.bioneers.org/.

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