President of Environmental Working Group to Speak at Center on Healthy Food and Our Environment


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Ken Cook, president and founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group (EWG), will speak at the Center for the Environment facility on “The Farm Bill, Healthy Food and Our Environment, What’s at stake?” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 3.

Cook and his team are advocates for reform of the United States’ antiquated toxics law. EWG’s research and analysis have been used in national policy debates over toxic chemicals, pesticides, air and water pollution and the ecological impacts of modern agriculture.

 Cook was one of the principal architects of the landmark conservation provisions of the 1985 farm bill, which attempted to shift U.S. farm policy from its focus on maximum crop production to conservation of land, water, wetlands and wildlife. In addition, EWG’s research on pesticides was a major factor in the passage of the pesticide reform law, the Food Quality Protection Act, in the 1990s.

Cook was voted the “Ultimate Green Game Changer” in 2009 by the readers of The Huffington Post. He has addressed food and agriculture policy in numerous interviews, including 60 Minutes, the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX Business News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle.

He testifies regularly before House and Senate committees, has briefed top Congressional staff and has met with senior officials in the Obama administration, including Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack and Environmental Protection Administration Chief Lisa Jackson.

Cook earned bachelor’s degrees in history and agriculture and a master’s degree in soil science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

While Cook’s presentation is free and open to the public, registration is required. To register call 704.637.4727.

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