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351 - Biotech, Pesticides, Toxicology and Food

There is abundant conversation about pesticides and food, especially in social media. Unfortunately, there is little understanding about regulation, dosage, tolerances and toxicity. Dr. Liza Dunn is an emergency physician and toxicologist that provides her insights about the practical toxicity of these compounds, and how we can be effective in communicating about them.

Jun 25, 2022 by Dr. Kevin Folta in Talking Biotech

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Specific chemistries are used to protect crops from insects, weeds, fungi and other microbes. Legacy issues with some older pesticides led to restrictions or bans on their use. Unfortunately, suspicion remains around contemporary solutions, even though today's chemistries are highly specific, with low toxicity to non-target organisms, including humans. Use of crop protection compounds it critical to agriculture, yet activist groups continue to use fear, uncertainty and doubt to override what we really know about the abundance of these compounds in food and the relative toxicity at levels detected. Dr. Liza Dunn is an emergency medical doctor and toxicologist. For the last several years she has been working with the Bayer Corporation, and has been a leading important conversations about pesticides, residues, and their impacts on human health. Follow her at @DrLizaMD


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