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Pete Myers


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  1. 1. Internalizing the externalized public health costs of industrial agriculture Pete Myers, Environmental Health Sciences Environmental Health Sciences
  2. 2. What do we know? The costs are real But what we now „know‟ vastly underestimates true costs Only the tiniest fraction of ag chemicals have been studied for health effects by independent scientists Only a small fraction of plausible health endpoints have been assessed Only a handful of studies have tried to connect those health effects with economic costs Environmental Health Sciences
  3. 3. What do we know? But there is an even larger elephant in the room A revolution in science has unfolded over the past 20 years indicating health consequences far bigger and more common than traditional estimates even hinted. Environmental Health Sciences
  4. 4. Revolution in science Epigenetics and endocrine disruption Environmental Health Sciences
  5. 5. The United Nations is serious about it Environmental Health Sciences
  6. 6. Revolution in science Low doses matter a lot Events in the womb don‟t stay in the womb The tools we have used to assess safety are profoundly misguided Environmental Health Sciences 2.5 parts per billion of atrazine
  7. 7. Environmental Health Sciences
  8. 8. Low doses matter 1 part per billion 1000 ppb causes weight loss Newbold et al. 2005, 2007 Same strain of mice Same caloric intake Same activity levels Environmental Health Sciences
  9. 9. Low levels matter Not “just” affecting farmworkers Environmental Health Sciences