What: Resist! & Revitalize Our Communities Summit
When: Saturday, November 4, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Tucson Osteopathic Medicine Foundation, 3182 North Swan Road, Tucson, AZ
Organized by a group of concerned citizens known as Toxin-Free Pima County, the Resist! & Revitalize Our Communities Summit will reveal uncovered secrets about Monsanto’s tactics that propelled Roundup weed killer to be so widely used, along with actions that citizens can take to protect themselves against pesticides and genetically modified foods that Monsanto and other biotech corporations produce.
The keynote speaker for the event is Carey Gillam, a veteran journalist whose recently published book Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science is a 20 year capstone in investigative reporting into details behind Monsanto’s Roundup rise to dominance. Gillam, the head researcher of US Right to Know, also spoke at the European Parliament in October at a hearing on Monsanto and glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. Local author of Going Against GMOs, Melissa Diane Smith, will introduce the summit and Gillam in the morning.
The afternoon session will feature Alexis Baden-Mayer, Political Director of the Organic Consumers Association, who will provide an overview on local actions taking place in communities across the country, followed by a forum with a panel of Tucsonans, including a pesticide-free landscaper, farmer, and organic agricultural products supplier.
Non-genetically modified food will be available for purchase from Purple Tree Organic Acai Blends and EnjoyaBowls food trucks, and copies of Whitewash and Going Against GMOs also will be available for sale.
Seating is limited, and the price of admission is $10.00. To see the complete summit schedule and more information visit www.facebook.com/ToxinFreePimaCounty or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are available here.
Header image by Jeff Smith.