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For all the environmentally conscious and nerdy SDNA’ers.. join us for the first of several programs in the Center for Ethics in Science & Technology’s 2012 Silent Spring Series.2012 is the 50th anniversary of publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, a seminal book that helped to increase awareness and launch the environmental movement.

The focus of this program will be biologically based alternatives to insecticide use in American agriculture with an emphasis on approaches that also consider non-target environmental effects, worker safety issues, and consumer needs as well as more traditional economic trade-off models. Discussions will include the ethics of our risk assessment models, current decision making for the tradeoffs between immediate benefits and indirect costs, and how the ethical, social, and biological assumptions of our current agricultural systems drive the way we currently farm in the US. Professor Welter's research experiences will be used to highlight the difficulties of finding new ways to regulate pest problems, but also to illustrate where significant reductions in pesticide use have been achieved on a large scale using alternatives that pose no known risk to workers, consumers or the environment while still being economically sustainable. Specific alternatives to insecticides include biological control using natural enemies as predators as well as pheromones to disrupt the mating of pest species.

The title of this program is: “Alternatives to Insecticides: High impact solutions without environmental trade-offs”, by professor Stephen Welter from San Diego State University.

This forum will be held at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

*YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT (don’t worry it’s free!) HERE:
http://www.ethicscenter.net/Silent-Spring-October2012