On Oct. 9th – Oct. 12th in Washington DC the Environmental Protection Agency holds their national meetings on atrazine but on Oct. 10th the Ritz Theater in NE MPLS will be the location for the real people’s meeting about the safety of atrazine.

Come hear what some have tried to suppress and discredit.

WHAT: Eastside Food Co-op’s monthly Food Forum that is co-hosted with the Land Stewardship Project, A Fundraiser for Paul Wotzka whistle blower lawsuit

WHO: Former state hydrologist Paul Wotzak, Dr. Tyrone Hayes, MN State Senator John Marty, MN State Representative Ken Tschumper.  Moderated by organic farmer Atina Diffley.  Music by Paul Metsa.

WHERE: The Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave 13th AVE NE MPLS

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct 10th doors at 6:15, Paul Metsa performs 6:30 to 7:00, presentation from 7:00 to 9:00

WHY: Paul Wotzka wanted to testify about the levels of atrazine in our states waters and was subsequently fired.  We want to hear what he has to say.

You would think a state employee of Minnesota would have no problem speaking to a legislative committee about what he knows, HECK, he’s on the payroll. Well Paul Wotzka, a 16 year hydrologist with the state of MN, found out sometimes that is not the case.  Paul was suspended by the MN Pollution Control Agency after requesting to testify about the levels of the herbicide atrazine in our state’s waters and then fired six weeks later.

Dr. Tyrone Hayes, world renowned expert on the dangers of atrazine, also found out about our state government’s phobia about public information dealing with atrazine when he was “uninvited” from being the keynote speaker at a 2004 MPCA conference where he had planned to speak about atrazine and its effect on amphibians.

Atrazine is widely believed by the international scientific community to be dangerous, specifically for its endocrine disruption effects on amphibians and is banned in the European Union.  Atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in Minnesota waters and has even been found in the city of Minneapolis’ storm sewers and in Lake Harriet.

On October 10th beginning at 6:30 the Eastside Food Co-op monthly Food Forum will be co-hosted by Land Stewardship Project and serve as a benefit for Paul Wotzka and his federal whistle-blower lawsuit.  You can read more about his lawsuit here: http://wcco.com/local/local_story_171123618.html and here: http://looncommons.org/2007/06/18/another-pca-whistleblower-suit/

Dr Tyrone Hayes will also be in attendance and speak about his groundbreaking research on atrazine.  You can read more about this incredible speaker and what he has come up against speaking truth to power about atrazine, environmental, animal and human health and the corporate bottom line here: http://www.mindfully.org/Pesticide/2003/Syngenta-Tyrone-Hayes31oct03.htm

After presentations by Dr. Hayes and Paul Wotzka there will be a question and answer panel with Hayes, Wotkza, MN State Senator John Marty, MN State Representative Ken Tschumper, farmer and LSP organizer Paul Sobocinski.

There will be a silent auction from some of the most righteous minded and generous chefs, restaurants, individuals and stores.  Some of those include: The Wedge Co-op, Ginny Sutton, Kim Bartman of Cafe Barbette and Bryant Lake Bowl, Brenda Langton of Spoonriver, Lenny Russo of Heartland, Tracy Singleton of the Birchwood Cafe, Lucia Watson of Lucia’s Restaurant, Jim Grell of The Modern Cafe, Steven Brown of Harry’s Food and Cocktails, J.P. Samuelson of JP American Bistro and Mandy Zechmeister form Mill City Café and Cocktails.

The Ritz Theater is located at 345 13th Ave 13th AVE in NE Minneapolis. Doors open at 6:15 with Paul Metsa performing from 6:30 to 7:00 when the presentation will begin.  Seats can be reserved by emailing foodforum@eastsidefood.coop with the number of seats wanted.  Seats will be held till 6:45 and then will be sold and filled.

Come and hear for yourself what some have tried to suppress.  The suggested donation is $20 but no one will be turned away from hearing this important information.

If you cannot attend but would like to support Paul Wotzka donations can be made out to “Paul Wotzka Defense Fund” and sent to: Eastside Food Co-op atten. Kristina Gronquist 2551 Central Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55418

There will be music, a silent auction from the finest restaurants in the Twin Cities and the free flow of information for us all.

Please share this information and we hope you can make it to fill the room and right the wrong.

Tom Taylor
Eastside Food Co-op

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