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National pesticide conference in Portland, April 15-16

Portland Protectors

Mar 30, 2016 — As the Portland Protectors' campaign to convince the Portland City Council to adopt a common sense pesticide ordinance heats up, the national Beyond Pesticides 34th National Pesticide Forum arrives in Portland, April 15-16 at the University of Southern Maine. This conference presents an unparalleled opportunity to hear and meet nationally recognized scientists, policy makers, farmers, activists, parents and concerned citizens working to make our communities safer.

Hear Kristin Ohlson, the bestselling author of “The Soil Will Save Us,” give Friday night’s keynote address.

Saturday’s packed schedule includes sessions with:

* Aaron Blair, Ph.D., chair of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which recently re-classified Roundup as a probable carcinogen.
* Jonathan Lundgren, Ph.D., a top USDA scientist studying neonicotinoids whose work has been subject to agency attempts at suppression.
* Will Allen and Kate Duesterberg, national experts in organic agriculture who manage Cedar Circle Farm in Vermont

Two of Maine’s leading voices in the organic movement will both give keynote addresses on Saturday. Organic farmer and U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree speaks after lunch, and organic farmer and well-known GMO activist Jim Gerritsen speaks after dinner.

Portland Protectors is a co-sponsor of the forum, and we'll be represented on a panel by Portland resident Donna Herczeg, whose family and yard were exposed to a neighbor’s pesticide drift. A number of partners and individuals who support our work will also be speaking.

Registration starts at $25 for students and $45 for activists (you can list Portland Protectors as your organization), and includes all organic and veg-friendly food.


Portland Protectors will also be participating in a number of other upcoming spring events, including:

* Wed., March 30, 1 p.m., Animal Sounds Radio, WMPG, 90.0 & 104.1FM, Portland Protectors co-founder Avery Yale Kamila talks about the grassroots effort in Portland,
* Friday, 6:30 p.m., April 22, Sierra Club’s Film Series, UU Church, Kennebunk, film screening followed by discussion led by Donna Herczeg of Portland Protectors.
* Saturday, April 23, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Portland’s Green Neighbor Family Fest at Deering High, Portland,
* Sunday, April 24, Urban Earth Day, noon to 4 p.m., Congress Square Park, Portland,
* Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m., March Against Monsanto, Monument Square, Portland. Rally starts at 2 p.m. and includes an update from Portland Protectors. The march follows the speeches.
* Sunday, June 19, 3 p.m., Healing with Honey Class, Herban Herb Fest, Milk & Honey of Swallowtail Farm, 84 Cove St., Portland. Portland Protectors co-founder Maggie Knowles teaches a class about the medicinal properties of honey and the detrimental effects of pesticide use.

We hope to see you at one or many of these events. In the meantime, continue to keep up the pressure on the city council by writing to urge your councilors to support the South Portland pesticide ordinance for Portland. Thank you!

Best wishes,
Avery Yale Kamila & Maggie Knowles
Portland Protectors
PO Box 4242
Portland, ME 04101 &

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