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Organizing Opportunities For A Clean And Healthy Maine

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Uploaded on Jan 23, 2011

Common Ground Country Fair - Saturday, September 25

MOFGA's Public Policy Teach-in on Saturday will: explain Maine's Kid Safe Products Act of 2008, and the ongoing efforts to ban the use of bisphenol A; show how Maine is contributing to federal efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act; highlight the growing toxics activism on college campuses throughout Maine; inspire participants to coordinate local bans on cosmetic herbicide use; introduce fairgoers to advocacy pros who can help with local organizing efforts; and provide an update on the Maine Board of Pesticides Control's development of a comprehensive pesticide spray notification registry.

Panelists will include: Mike Belliveau, Executive Director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, and founder of The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine; Nancy Ross, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy at Unity College, current member of MOFGA's Public Policy Committee, and past Executive Director of MOFGA; Paul Tukey, author, organic lawncare specialist, founder of Safelawns.org, founder and publisher of the award winning People, Places & Plants Magazine, and producer of the film A Chemical Reaction: The Story Of A True Green Revolution, which highlights successes of the anti-pesticide movement sweeping across Canada and into the U.S.; Meredith Small, Executive Director of Toxics Action Center; and Heather Spalding, Associate Director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. A question and answer period will follow short presentations by each panelist. Sharon Tisher, Environmental Law and Honors Professor at the University of Maine -- Orono, current member of MOFGA's Public Policy Committee, and past president of the MOFGA Board of Directors, will moderate the panel discussion.

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