Environmental Toxins Expert Dr. Devra Davis at The Sherrill Center
From your kid’s light-up shoes to the cell phone in your pocket every day, environmental toxins abound. Recognizing and limiting exposure to lead, mercury, dioxins, and a whole host of other toxins can be daunting, and can also be met with skepticism and suspicion by mainstream society. Dr. Devra Davis has spent her entire career researching, writing, and speaking on the topic, and will visit Western NC June 22, with tips for both the individual and community at large.
- June 22, 2019
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mills River, NC- Almost everyone has a story of someone they know who became terminally ill, despite overwhelming evidence of a healthy lifestyle. You hear it frequently: so-and-so was so active, had such a good diet–it’s unbelievable to know that it wasn’t enough. As the medical field, and society as a whole begins to recognize the complexity of our most confounding diseases, the role of environmental toxins gains attention and further research. These efforts aim to discover how everyday exposure to chemicals, and even certain types of light frequency, can combine with genetics, diet, and other factors to spell disaster for our health.
A leader in Environmental Toxicology for over thirty years is Dr. Devra Davis, who heads the Environmental Health Trust, a non-profit organization raising awareness about human-made health threats. Dr. Davis will visit Western NC this summer, hosted by Living Web Farms, to share the latest in policy and research concerning environmental hazards, as well as how to reduce exposure at the individual and community level. Dr. Davis has authored over 200 publications as well as three books, one of which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has advised Congress, the UN, and The World Health Organization.
“We’re excited to have such a leader in the field coming to North Carolina,” says Living Web Farms’ Education and Outreach Coordinator, Meredith Leigh. Living Web is known for demonstration and innovation of food production and food in general, and Dr. Davis’ visit highlights a related interest. “We’re deeply invested in highlighting the effects of environmental toxins on human health, environmental justice, as well as ecosystem function.
While in town, Dr. Davis will share excerpts from her two documentary films (originally aired on PBS and BBC) focusing on air pollution and synthetic fragrances. She will address other environmental hazards as well, including cell phones and wireless technology, and blue light. Her lecture will also draw parallels between human and ecological impacts, touching on the effects of environmental toxins in the climate change debate. She will end the talk with a focus on tips for reducing your exposure, as well as what communities can do to reduce toxins, and decrease greenhouse gases.
“We’re looking forward to a highly informative and empowering event,” Leigh says. “In a toxic world, we can often feel helpless about our own safety and about how to help others, and this lecture will give us options.”
This event is co-sponsored by The French Broad Food Co-op and Organic Growers School
To register for “Reducing Environmental Toxins” visit http://livingwebfarms.org/