Join us to explore the intersections of soil health, environmental justice, human reproductive threat and the climate emergency through the lens of extensive and rising herbicide use in US agriculture. Learn about how herbicides like glyphosate have led to widespread community exposures and the overall ramifications to human and environmental health, especially in rural areas where pesticide exposure levels are much higher. We will also discuss the strategic opportunities for tackling herbicide dependence from multiple angles. The opportunity is ripe for shifting and changing policy with a sustained, multidisciplinary approach demonstrating connection between excessive reliance on herbicides and a broad spectrum of collateral damage to our health, the environment and the basis of soil health and fertility.
The Heartland Health Research Alliance (HHRA) is a collaborative of leading scientists, advocates, policy experts, community organizers and public health professionals. HHRA is carrying out, and hopes to expand cutting-edge clinical research essential in understanding how pesticide exposures during pregnancy and as children grow up can trigger adverse birth outcomes and developmental problems, and heighten risk of adult-onset disease. The Heartland Study, HHRA’s flagship project, is a large-scale, multi-disciplinary birth cohort study is quantifying herbicide exposures of expectant mothers across the Corn Belt and upper Mississippi Valley. It is documenting birth outcomes and newborn health, monitoring for linkages between prenatal herbicide exposures to moms and dads, and problem pregnancies, birth defects, epigenetic changes and neurodevelopment. By documenting connections between public health outcomes and soil health, carbon sequestration and climate, carbon/nitrogen cycling, promoting microbiome health via soil health, toxics, environmental justice and changes in land use—this work hopes to leverage transformative policy change in several areas.
We will also discuss the rising reliance on high-risk herbicides in the Midwest, the problems arising as a result, and what needs to change to help farmers back off the herbicide treadmill. The panel will discuss how climate forward farming will have to contend with weed management and will share the status of their ongoing critical study following expectant parents’ herbicide exposures and the health effects in their children. If any of the following issues are of interest, please join us for this important webinar:
Moderator: Dr. Urvashi Rangan, PhD Chief Scientist, GRACE Communications Foundation