Pesticides and Food
Eating Safely and Sustainably

Summary

Part of the Andelot Series on Current Science Controversies.

This Forum explored the intersection of pesticides, food, health and policy. What does recent science tell us? And what factors might consumers keep in mind when trying to set a healthy, affordable meal on the table? This event was presented in collaboration with The Huffington Post.

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Presented in Collaboration with The Huffington Post

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  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM ONLINE CHAT

    What is the clear definition of organic food. Is it necessary to be pesticides free?

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM ONLINE CHAT

    Where can I find which pesticides are allowed in organic produce?

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM ONLINE CHAT

    If all the farm system changes to organic farms, can we still produce enough food for the world growing population?

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM ONLINE CHAT

    What about integrated pest management (IPM) methods of pest management?Why is IPM not part of this discussion?

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM ONLINE CHAT

    The elephant in the room is that if we can feed the growing population in the decades to come, our eating habits have to change significantly and will mean a much larger proportion of veg and fruit consumption. There is a concern about pesticides and herbicides but actually is this really the issue?

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM ONLINE CHAT

    To feed 9 billion we have to radically move from eating meat and dairy to a much greater proportion of a vegetarian diet – also much better for public health – see the nutrition transition affect on countries that are in the process of becoming industrialised?

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM ONLINE CHAT

    Is rice now so full of arsenic that it has become unhealthy and is brown worse than white in this respect?

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM ONLINE CHAT

    Is it necessary to label sulfur dioxide And nitrates used to preserve food. Since these are carcinogenic and allergenic why are they not labelled?

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM EMAIL

    Have the level of pesticides in our produce changed during the past 20 or 30 years?

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM EMAIL

    From: Janine M. H. Selendy, Chairman, President, and Publisher, Horizon International, Yale University

    Would you provide examples of multi-cropping and use of hedgerows as means to reduce pests? In the case of hedgerows, by providing habitats for natural predators of pests?

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM EMAIL

    Can you please address the connection between the increase in

    pesticides coinciding with the increase in the use of food as a

    commodity?

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM EMAIL

    Does the use of pesticides and/or current GMO practices contribute to the alarming rise in the incidence of celiac disease and general gluten intolerance?

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM EMAIL

    There seems to be evidence of gmo foods affecting the body in a negative way, including gut flora. What are your thoughts on the safety of gmo foods?

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM EMAIL

    How has Monsanto managed to get away with poisoning Americans with their ‘fertilizers’ when so many other countries have forbidden their products?

    How has Monsanto gotten away with putting our politicians on their payroll as “employees” without that being seen as a bribe?

    Jean Pulley

  • Kristen Lally

    QUESTION FROM EMAIL

    I’ve read that organic strawberries are not totally organic because pesticides are applyed to the soil in which strawberries are grown. Is that really the case?

    Theresa Kyne Robinson