Crop Chemophobia: Are We Over-Regulating Pesticides?

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event will now begin at 9:15 am. The agenda is the same as originally posted. If you are unable to attend, video of this event will be livestreamed online at http://www.american.com/watch/aei-livestream

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What is the proper balance between crop protection and environmental and public health considerations? AEI scholar Jon Entine explores this question in a new edited volume, Crop Chemophobia: Will Precaution Kill the Green Revolution? (AEI Press, February 2011). As of January 1, 2011, the European Union (EU) began phasing in a ban on twenty-two herbicides and pesticides--about 15 percent of the EU agricultural chemical market--and similar measures are reportedly under consideration by the US Environmental Protection Agency and regulatory bodies in other industrialized nations. At the same time, many agricultural policy experts and scientists are challenging these restrictions. They contend that such rules will cause food prices to spike, jeopardize food safety and efforts to combat airborne diseases such as malaria, disrupt international trade, and threaten environmental conservation. Please join us for a lively discussion of these issues.
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  • Henry Olsen, a lawyer by training, is the director of AEI's National Research Initiative. In that capacity, he identifies leading academics and public intellectuals who work in an aspect of domestic public policy and recruits them to visit or write for AEI. Mr. Olsen studies and writes about the policy and political implications of long-term trends in social, economic, and political thought.

 

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  • Jon Entine, a former Emmy-winning producer for NBC News and ABC News, researches and writes about corporate responsibility and science and society. His books include No Crime But Prejudice: Fischer Homes, the Immigration Fiasco, and Extra-Judicial Prosecution (TFG Books, May 2009), about prosecutorial excesses; Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People (Grand Central Publishing, 2007), which focuses on the genetics of race; Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics Is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture (AEI Press, 2006), about the genetic modification of food and farming; Pension Fund Politics: The Dangers of Socially Responsible Investing (AEI Press, 2005), which reveals the effects of social investing on pension funds; and the best-selling Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk about It (Public Affairs, 2000), based on an award-winning NBC News documentary. Currently, Mr. Entine is an adviser to Global Governance Watch (GGW), a project that examines transparency and accountability issues at the United Nations (UN), in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and in related international organizations. GGW also analyzes the impact of UN agencies and NGOs on government and corporations. He is also working on a book exploring the revolutionary impact of genomic research on medical treatments and traditional perceptions of human limits and capabilities.


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