Great report and just a small nit to pick with a stray (perhaps misreported) Felsot comment.
Environment and Energy Daily reports,
The agriculture industry took to Capitol Hill yesterday to tout a new report that seeks to dispel “myths” about the dangers of pesticides.
The report, “Pesticides and Health: Myths and Realities,” was written by Allan Felsot, an environmental toxicologist at Washington State University, and published by the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). It argues that pesticide technologies have evolved to the point where they pose little risk to human health while protecting the world’s food supply.
The report also seeks to strongly push back against public health advocates who sound the alarm about protecting the country’s food from pesticides.
“Despite the headlines of hazard,” Felsot writes, “modern chemical technology provides hope for continued improvement of human health, whether helping to make vegetables and fruits of high quality more abundant and cheaper, or to preserve (or indeed, enhance) the health of individuals and society at large”…
“When you pick up food, you are eating thousands of chemicals at a time,” he said.
Bearded, bespectacled and with a long pony-tail, Felsot — who spent part of yesterday briefing lawmakers on Capitol Hill — might not look like the typical industry spokesman. But he took issue with several public health advocacy reports, most notably the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce, which ranks fruits and vegetables based on pesticide residues.
The report, he said, failed to take into account whether the pesticide residues pose a health risk.
“Foods have pesticides residues on them. Period,” he said. “That’s completely why what they did is wrong.”
EWG was quick to fire back.
“This industry front group has rushed to the defense of asbestos and downplayed the risks of tobacco,” EWG senior scientist Sonya Lunder said of ACSH. “I’m not surprised they’ve brought in a spokesman to extol the benefits of toxic pesticides in the food we eat.”
BTW Allan, we love you but, there was nothing wrong with DDT.
Felsot PesticidesClick for Felsot’s report.