Panelist - Association of Health Care Journalists Conference

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Sixty years after the publication of Rachel Carson’s revolutionary book, "Silent Spring," we continue to face health hazards from increasing pesticide use in food production that impacts workers, farmers and consumers. The harshest toll is on hidden populations living in rural communities, mainly among farmworkers and groundskeepers, many of whom are immigrants and people of color. This panel unearths the underreported, yet widespread health impacts of pesticide drift and exposure — from poisoned air, soil and water, to birth defects, cancer and neurological disorders.


Elizabeth Aguilera(Speaker)CALmatters, Reporter

Carey Gillam(Speaker)The New Lede, Managing Editor

Brenda Eskenazi(Speaker)University of California Berkeley, Distinguished Jennifer and Brian Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health

Mary Jo Forbord(Speaker)Organic Farmer

Arcenio Lopez(Speaker)Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project

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