It all started with the Green Revolution, which wasn’t really all that green. Since then, we’ve seen a massive rise in the use of chemistry in agriculture.
Conventional agriculture is based on monocultures and chemistry, with the primary objective of ending world hunger. However, monocultures require a lot of chemical inputs that have a negative impact both on human health and the health of the environment.
When we speak about human health we don’t just mean consumers: there’s also the farmers themselves who work in close contact with these chemicals in the field, and who suffer the consequences. When we speak of environmental health we refer to soil and groundwater contamination caused by the use of pesticides, phosphorous and nitrates, among others.
Vivien How works as a teacher at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Putra, Malaysia. Her main area of interest is environmental health, the evaluation of health risks the toxicology of pesticides.
The Food Talks are a new and freely accessible format of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto: ten minutes for our guests to explore their thoughts on the world we live in, and the future we want for it.This Food Talk is supported by Reale Mutua.
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