Pesticides and food: Is low dose exposure harmful?


Monday 20 November 2017


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Epidemiology & Public Health Section


5 CPD Points

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about this event

Food has always been at the centre of public health concern and the aim of the meeting will be to examine the current use of pesticides in the UK and whether new scientific evidence points to a significant risk to public health from pesticides in our food supply.  We will explore the current system for oversight of pesticide residues in the food supply and whether further action is needed on the grounds of public health.

 At the end of this meeting the participants will:

  • be able to describe the current pattern of pesticide use in agriculture in the UK
  • be aware of some of the potential ill-effects to human health of long term pesticide use in the food system
  • understand the current regime for safeguarding the food supply from unsafe pesticide residues
  • understand the policy positions of farming and industry towards pesticide usage


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9.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

10.00 am

Chair's introduction and reflections on food and public health

Professor Yvonne Doyle CB, Director for London, Public Health London

10.15 am

Trends in the use of pesticides in UK agriculture

Professor Carlo Leifert, Director, Organic Farming Research Centre

10.45 am

The genetic and cellular disruptive capability of low environmentally relevant does of key pesticides

Dr Michael Antoniou, Head of Gene Expression and Therapy Research Group, King's College London

11.15 am

Tea and coffee break

11.30 am

Pesticides and human health effect of toxic mixtures

Professor Anne Marie Vinggaard, Division of Diet, Disease Prevention and Toxicology, National Food Institute

12.00 pm

Approaches to controlling the risk from pesticides, now and in the future

Mr Dave Bench, Director for EU Exit and Chemicals, Health and Safety Executive

12.30 pm

Panel discussion

1.00 pm


2.00 pm

The problem with pesticides

Dr Keith Tyrell, Director of Pesticides Action Network UK

2.20 pm

The role of pesticides in our food supply and environment

Ms Sarah Mukherjee, Chief Executive Officer, Crop Protection Association

2.40 pm

The perspective of the farmer and grower

Dr Chris Hartfield, Acting Chief Science, Regulatory Affairs Adviser, National Famers Union

3.00 pm

Is organic and sustainable agriculture an alternative?

Mr Peter Melchett, Policy Director, Soil Association

3.20 pm

Panel discussion

4.00 pm

Concluding remarks and close of meeting

Dr Gabriel Scally, President, Epidemiology & Public Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

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For information on this event, contact Emily Amos-ThompsonTel: 0207 290 3935 Email: arrow