Keynote Address

André Leu

ACORN is honoured to welcome André Leu, author of The Myths of Safe Pesticides, as our keynote speaker!

André is the President of IFOAM – Organics International, the world change agent and umbrella body for the organic sector. IFOAM – Organics International has around 950 member organisations in 127 countries. André is also a founding steering committee member of Regeneration International, an organization that promotes farming systems that regenerate soil organic matter to reverse climate change. He has an extensive knowledge of farming and environmental systems across the world from over 40 years of visiting and working in over 100 countries. Andre and his wife, Julia, have an organic tropical fruit farm in Daintree, Australia.

Myths of Safe Pesticides

Are the synthetic pesticides used in growing our food safe? Drawing from his book “The Myths of Safe Pesticides”, André will discuss the challenges and limits of current and historical regulation of synthetic pesticides. He will also outline some of the human health and environmental problems associated with the use of these synthetic pesticides.