Author Philip Ackerman-Leist Speaking in the Ithaca Area on the 14th, 15th and 16th of May

Author and 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. Featuring multimedia artist Douglas Gayeton’s “information artworks,” Ackerman-Leist’s presentation is accompanied by a pop up art show.

All three events are Free & open to the public.

The Ovid Firehouse, Ovid, NY
Monday, May 14th at 7pm

Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY
Tuesday, May 15th at 5pm

Mann Library Room 102, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Wednesday, May 16th at 4:00pm

Philip Ackerman-Leist is a professor at Green Mountain College, where he established the farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum, directs the Farm & Food Project, and founded and directs the Masters in Sustainable Food Systems program (the nation’s first online graduate program in food systems). He is the author of Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems (2013) and Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader (2009). His latest book is A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement

Want to know more or can’t make the talk? Read a review of A Precautionary Tale at: https://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/a-precautionary-tale-how-one-small-town-banned-pesticides/

For questions or if you would like to meet Philip Ackerman-Leist during his Ithaca visit, contact us at: https://bioscienceresource.org/contact-us/