Science & Action to Protect our Health: the Movement to Achieve Local Ordinances that Prevent the Harmful Use of Pesticides

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CHE-Alaska Teleconference: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

9:00 am -10:00 am Alaska Time (10:00 am -11:00 am Pacific; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern)

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About the Call:

Starting with grassroots action in your community is a powerful way to effect change and protect health. Beyond Pesticides is a national organization that has worked successfully with community residents across the country to start local movements to get toxic chemicals out of their towns, cities, counties, and schools.

On this call, you will hear from representatives of Beyond Pesticides and from leaders of local efforts in the Municipality of Anchorage to support least toxic pest and weed management strategies. Learn about the latest science concerning environmental health effects of commonly used pesticides, including neonicotinoids, a relatively new class of insecticides that may play a role in recent declines in pollinators. We will also discuss new evidence concerning the health effects of glyphosate, a widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Roundup.


Jay Feldman, Executive Director, Beyond Pesticides. Jay is a cofounder of the organization and has served as its director since 1981. Since that time, Jay has helped to build Beyond Pesticides’ capacity to assist local groups and impact national pesticide policy. He has tracked specific chemical effects, regulatory actions, and pesticide law. He is very familiar with local groups working on pesticides and has helped develop successful strategies for reform in local communities. His work with media has helped to bring broader public understanding of the hazards of pesticides. Read full bio

Drew Toher, Community Resource and Policy Director, Beyond Pesticides. Drew transitioned into the position of Community Resource and Policy Director after first holding the position of Public Education Associate for four years. Before he arrived at Beyond Pesticides, previous experience included work at a certified organic heirloom tomato farm. His time at the Mid-Atlantic region farm club cultivated Drew’s determination to spread the word about the benefits of organic production, and the hazards of pesticide use. Drew graduated with a B.A. in Global Affairs, concentration in the Environment, from George Mason University, where he is currently pursuing a M.S. in Environmental Management.

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Resources/ Links:

Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on Safety in Unsealed Documents (New York Times Article, 3/14/2017)