Episode 15: Office Hours: Pesticide Safety 101

[Editorial Note: June 27, 2023: I updated this episode because I made a mistake about benzene. I got it confused with a different chemical. We don’t make benzene in our bodies. So I edited that stuff out in the new version of the episode. Sorry about that. I should have caught it during post production.]

Thanks for your patience while I was on a short hiatus. I’ve been on the meeting circuit, talking to lots of folks, learning a lot from other scientists, it’s been a great start to the Summer.

In this episode, I’m answering a question from a friend of mine about pesticide safety. I’m talking about some of the misinformation (I’ll have an entire episode devoted just to pesticide misinformation coming up soon), but I mostly focus on how pesticides are regulated and how we know they’re safe.

Oh, and spoiler alert — organic pesticdes (yes, organic foods can be grown with pesticides — they’re not pesticide free) are also regulated the same as conventional pesticides!

I touch on some GMO stuff, too (not much, that’s going to come up again in another episode).

And if you want to support the podcast, you can go to our website: https://critscipod.com and click on the Support Critical Science link towards the top.

Thanks for listening!

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