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Pesticides, Farmworkers, Industry, and Environmental Justice


October 1, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Webinar Only


This event is free and open to the public but you must register. Note: there is no in-person availability for this event.

  • Webinar information will be emailed one business day prior to the event. If you are unsure if you can access the webinar via the GoToMeeting platform, please go HERE to view system requirements prior to registering.
  • All times noted are EASTERN Time. The webinar will begin at 12 noon Eastern, 11 AM Central, 10 AM Mountain, and 9 AM Pacific.
  • There is no CLE for this course.

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An ELI Public Webinar

Pesticides have revolutionized food production, but with progress comes new challenges. Pesticides can have widespread impacts on both ecosystems and human health, and marginalized communities—children and farmworkers in particular—can be particularly vulnerable. Manufacturers, regulatory agencies, and nonprofit organizations are working to address these challenges head-on by developing safer products and devising robust protective measures.

Recent changes in federal regulations include the Worker Protection Standards under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which expand the requirements for protecting agricultural workers from pesticide exposure. There are challenges in implementing these new obligations, from both logistical and pragmatic perspectives.

How do multiple stakeholders—farmworkers, farmers, manufacturers, applicators, the advocacy community, and others—work independently and collaboratively to advance safety for workers and potentially affected communities? What innovative approaches are being incorporated with pesticides? What policy approaches are being advanced in this area? How have recent changes in federal regulations affected efforts to protect agricultural workers? Join the Environmental Law Institute and expert panelists as they seek to answer these questions. Leading experts will also explore actions that private citizens, industry, government actors, and advocacy groups can take to address the public health impacts of pesticides in the scope of environmental justice.

James Aidala
, Senior Government Affairs and Consultant, Bergeson and Campbell, Moderator
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Senior Scientist, Pesticide Action Network (invited)
Patti Goldman, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice
Gretchen Paluch, Ph.D., Pesticide Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Caleb A. Pearson, Assistant General Counsel, CropLife America

Any materials will be posted as they are received...

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