Trends Newsletter | Winter 2016

Winter 2016 - Agricultural Chemicals

Gradient is celebrating our 20th anniversary of Trends!  Our first issue was distributed in January 1996 and it has come a long way since then.  Our goal has always been to provide readers with information and perspectives on current and emerging topics in environmental and risk sciences, and among others, we’ve featured such topics as green chemistry, hydraulic fracturing, nanotechnology, and dietary supplements.  We look forward to the next 20 years! 

In this issue, we discuss agricultural chemicals and their impact on a wide range of population groups, including consumers, workers, and residents.  In the first article, we discuss pesticide residues and recent study findings regarding their potential health risks to consumers.  The second article examines recent U.S. EPA actions to further address worker safety in regard to occupational exposure to pesticide.  Our third article addresses pesticide spray drift and the most recent advances in exposure modeling, which assist with human health and ecological risk assessments.

Gradient contributors to this issue include Mr. Michael Peterson, M.E.M., DABT, Mr. David Dodge, M.S., DABT, as well as Dr. Nicole Briggs.  In addition, joining us with a guest editorial on the need for more comprehensive risk communication related to IARC cancer determinations is Steve McMaster of the Industry Task Force II  on 2,4-D Research Data.

We hope that this issue of Trends provides you with a better understanding of some prominent agricultural chemical issues.



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