Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Mann Library , Conference Room 102 270 Mann Drive, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853
Author and Green Mountain College professor Philip Ackerman-Leist tells the (pre)cautionary tale of how the Italian town of Mals set a global precedent by passing the world’s first municipal referendum and ordinances to ban all synthetic pesticides. At the same time the region will support the transition of all farmers to organic systems and support new local sustainable business ventures. A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement shows how towns and regions can reclaim and protect their communities, health, and economy — by supporting a transition to diversified, small-scale organic systems and small-scale local businesses. Ackerman-Leist’s presentation is accompanied by a pop up art show featuring multimedia artist Douglas Gayeton’s “information artworks”.