PANNA: Resource Pointer #306 (Trainings and Conferences)


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Resource Pointer #306 (Trainings and Conferences)
January 23, 2003

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

*Pesticide Drift Conference: The Air We Share: Taking Action on Pesticide Drift* February 8, 2003, 8:30am to 5:30pm. Fresno State University, CA. Co-sponsored by the Political Science Department at California State University at Fresno and Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR). More than 90% of the pesticides used in California have drift potential and can be carried away from the application site by wind and on airborne soil particles resulting in widespread toxic air pollution. Come to the first-ever statewide Pesticide Drift Conference to learn how to take action against pesticide drift and to network with community activists and other concerned people. Registration is $10-$20, sliding scale (lunch included). English-Spanish interpretation and childcare will be available. Contact Elizabeth Stover, CPR, 49 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102; phone (888) CPR-4880; fax (415) 981-2727; email; Web site

*GE Food and Kraft Activist Trainings* January 25, 2003 in Olympia, WA; January 26 in Bellingham, WA; February 14-16, 2003 in HI; February 22, 2003 in Denver, CO. Genetically Engineered Food Alert Coalition is offering free trainings to help mobilize grassroots action against genetically engineered foods and support our campaign calling on Kraft Foods, the largest food manufacturer in the U.S., to remove genetically engineered ingredients from its products. Customized workshops will cover the genetically engineered foods issues and a wide range of activist skills. Web site

*The 21st National Pesticide Forum: Toxics in the Age of Globalization* April 25-27, 2003. University of Texas at Austin, TX. Hosted by National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides–Beyond Pesticides. Forum will focus on adopting alternatives to protect our children and communities from the toxic hazards of pesticides, as well as the challenges faced by the pesticide reform movement in a world run by multinational corporations. Featured speakers include author Derrick Jensen, farm union organizer Baldemar Velasquez, and farmer Percy Schmeiser. Contact John Kepner, Forum Coordinator, NCAMP–Beyond Pesticides, 701 E Street SE #200, Washington, DC 20003 ; phone (202) 543-5450; fax (202) 543-4791; email; Web site

*Annual Conference of Association of Applied IPM Ecologists (AAIE): The Urban-Ag Interface and the Future of Agriculture* February 2-4, 2003. Embassy Suites Hotel, San Luis Obispo, CA. Hosted by AAIE. Conference for professional practitioners of IPM (Integrated Pest Management–a pest management strategy designed to reduce pesticide use and reliance). Join researchers, pest control professionals, and representatives of pest management products to discuss new methods of IPM on agricultural lands, golf courses, zoos, schools and other institutions. Cost US$100 for members, US$165 for non-members. Contact Jill Klein, Association of Applied IPM Ecologists, PO Box 10880, Napa, CA 94581; phone/fax (707) 265-9349; Web site

*The 4th National Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium: Building Alliances for the Future of IPM* April 8-10, 2003. Indianapolis, Indiana. Hosted by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, funded by USDA, EPA, CropLife (pesticide industry representatives), others. Promotion of “reduced risk” pesticide use and pest control practices. Workshops and seminars will cover marketing of pest control products and services; educating school children about IPM; managing invasive foreign pests; evaluating the impact of IPM on farm economics, farm workers, and environmental health; and the latest in IPM techniques, including information technologies, biological control, and “low risk” pesticides. Before March 17, registration is US$100 for students, US$175 for others. Contact Elaine Wolff, Conference Planner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 202 Presidential Tower, MC-433, 302 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820; phone (217) 333-2881; fax (217) 333-9561; email; Web site

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