Organic vs. Pesticides

What’s on those vines? What’s on that schoolyard? What’s in our groundwater? What are our children exposed to? 



Wine & Water Watch with Napa Vision 2050


PAM STRAYER, organic & Biodynamic wine researcher/writer and MEDHA CHANDRA, Pesticide Action Network North America

Saturday, May 12th, 1 – 3 PM

Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living

1249 Coombs St., Napa, CA 94559


This is a FREE event — Donations are welcome.

Reservations are suggested as space is limited to 100 persons.



Drink the change you want to see in the world.

Be an informed consumer and support a healthy environment in Napa County. Pam Strayer will present a guide to using publicly available information on pesticides used in Napa County and more.

Find out what is being applied on vineyards in your area and by whom. 

We will look at data collected on the Pesticide Use Report and mapped by the California State Department of Public Health. The chemicals applied on wine grapes include carcinogens, neurotoxins, bird and bee toxins and developmental and reproductive toxins.

Information will be available from California Certified Organic Farms (CCOF) on how to support organic and family friendly farming in Napa County and how to grow local support for the greater organic community.  


Pam Strayer is a wine writer and consultant focused exclusively on wines from certified organic and Biodynamic vines. She is in the process of publishing an ebook on organic and biodynamic wines in Napa and Sonoma counties.

Based in Oakland, California, she has written for both consumer and industry press. Her blog is Organic Wines Uncorked

She is currently the Conference Program Director for Demeter USA’s first International Biodynamic Wine Conference, taking place May 6th & 7th in San Francisco.

“A communicator who put health risks into perspective on many fronts, she became aware of the impacts to human, plant  animal, and ecosystem health from conventional and “sustainable” vineyard farming practices and decided to focus on finding and writing about the best wines from organic or Biodynamic vines and wrote seven apps for consumers.”

She is the author and publisher of 7 apps about wines from organic and Biodynamic vines, which were reviewed in the LA Times.

She is a speaker and environmental journalist winning the prestigious New England Press Association Award.

She holds a certificate in wine studies from U.C. Berkeley and has studied wine at the North American Sommelier Association and U.C. Davis. She has also attended the Napa Wine Writers’ Conferences.

Pam has been a guest speaker at Santa Rosa Junior College on the topic of organic and Biodynamic winemaking standards.She consults with environmentalists including David Brower and Huey Johnson’s Resource Renewal Institute. She has produced dozens of films for Apple, PBS, Turner, the Dalai Lama, Jerry Garcia and the UN.


Medha Chandra

Is Campaign Coordinator at PAN North America.


Medha has 16 years’ experience in urban design, environmental protection, international development and social justice work in India, the UK, and in the U.S.

Before moving to the U.S., Medha worked on environmental conflict and justice issues in India and the UK, focusing on low income urban and peri-urban communities.

At Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America, Medha leads a team focused on international and domestic pesticide campaigns, and is the coordinator of PAN International’s Working Group on Pesticides and Corporations.

Medha has written for academic as well as NGO publications. She is trilingual in Bengali, English and Hindi.

Saturday, May 12th, 1 – 3 PM

Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living

1249 Coombs Street

Napa, CA 94559