Crop Chemophobia: Are We Over-Regulating Pesticides?
About This Event
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event will now begin at 9:15 am. The agenda is the same as originally posted. If you are unable to attend, video of this event will be livestreamed online at http://www.american.com/watch/aei-livestream

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What is the proper balance between crop protection and environmental and public health considerations? AEI scholar Jon Entine explores this question in a new edited volume, Crop Chemophobia: Will Precaution Kill the Green Revolution? (AEI Press, February 2011). As of January 1, 2011, the European Union (EU) began phasing in a ban on twenty-two herbicides and pesticides--about 15 percent of the EU agricultural chemical market--and similar measures are reportedly under consideration by the US Environmental Protection Agency and regulatory bodies in other industrialized nations. At the same time, many agricultural policy experts and scientists are challenging these restrictions. They contend that such rules will cause food prices to spike, jeopardize food safety and efforts to combat airborne diseases such as malaria, disrupt international trade, and threaten environmental conservation. Please join us for a lively discussion of these issues.
Agenda
8:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

9:00
Introduction:
HENRY OLSEN, AEI

Opening Remarks:
AL PELL, AgDay Television and US Farm Report

9:20
Discussants:
RICHARD KEIGWIN, Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency
JAY FELDMAN, Beyond Pesticides
GABRIELE LUDWIG, Almond Board of California
JON ENTINE, AEI

Moderator:
AL PELL, AgDay Television and US Farm Report

10:30
Question and Answer

11:00
Adjournment
Speaker biographies

Henry Olsen
, a lawyer by training, is the director of AEI's National Research Initiative. In that capacity, he identifies leading academics and public intellectuals who work in an aspect of domestic public policy and recruits them to visit or write for AEI. Mr. Olsen studies and writes about the policy and political implications of long-term trends in social, economic, and political thought.

Al Pell is the agribusiness director for AgDay Television and US Farm Report. Born and raised in Indiana, Mr. Pell still owns and operates a four-hundred-acre farm near Brazil, Indiana. He began his career in farm information. During his twenty-one-year tenure with the Extension Service, Mr. Pell was honored with the Superior Service Award. He then shifted to broadcasting, working for twelve years at WIBC Radio in Indianapolis. In 1999, Mr. Pell moved from radio to television when he joined AgDay Television.

Rick Keigwin is the director of the Pesticide Re-evaluation Division (PRD) within the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Keigwin has worked at the EPA since 1990 and in his current position since January 2009. As director of PRD, he oversees the registration review program, implementation of reregistration eligibility decisions, and completion of product reregistration. Previously, Mr. Keigwin served for four years as the director of OPP's Biological and Economic Analysis Division. He also held management positions in the Registration Division, where he led the implementation of the EPA's Reduced-Risk Pesticide Initiative. 

Jay Feldman is executive director and cofounder of Beyond Pesticides, a nonprofit organization dedicated to leading the transition to a world free of toxic pesticide. Mr. Feldman dedicated himself to finding solutions to pesticide problems after working with farm workers and small farmers through an Environmental Protection Agency grant in 1978 to the national advocacy organization Rural America. Since then, Mr. Feldman has helped 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 also familiar with local groups working on pesticides, and he has helped develop successful strategies for reform in local communities and foster broader public understanding of the hazards of pesticides.

Gabriele Ludwig is responsible for environmental and related regulatory issues at the Almond Board of California (ABC), a grower-enacted US Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture. Established in 1950, ABC's charge is to promote the best-quality product and increase production of almonds, which are California's largest tree crop by acreage and value, as well as the top US specialty crop in export value. Ms. Ludwig is the staff liaison to the ABC's Environmental Committee, which funds research projects in air quality, water quality, and environmental stewardship in relation to almond production. Before joining ABC, Ms. Ludwig worked for the consulting firm Schramm, Williams & Associates in Washington, D.C., on pesticide, food safety, and phytosanitary issues for a range of specialty crops.

Jon Entine is a visiting fellow at AEI. A former Emmy-winning producer for NBC News and ABC News, he researches and writes about corporate responsibility, science, and advocacy groups. His books include Crop Chemophobia: Will Precaution Kill the Green Revolution? (AEI Press, 2011); No Crime But Prejudice: Fischer Homes, the Immigration Fiasco, and Extra-Judicial Prosecution (TFG Books, 2009), about prosecutorial excesses; Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People (Grand Central Publishing, 2007), which focuses on the genetics of race; Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics Is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture (AEI Press, 2006), about the genetic modification of food and farming; Pension Fund Politics: The Dangers of Socially Responsible Investing (AEI Press, 2005), which reveals the effects of social investing on pension funds; and the bestselling Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk about It (Public Affairs, 2000), based on an award-winning NBC News documentary. Mr. Entine is also a columnist for Ethical Corporation magazine and founder of a sustainability consultancy, ESG MediaMetrics.

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