Escaping the Agrochemical Treadmill: Structural and Social Challenges to Sustainable Agriculture in Guatemala

Escaping the Agrochemical Treadmill: Structural and Social Challenges to Sustainable Agriculture in Guatemala

October 20, 2015

On Thursday, Oct. 29, Global Issues Colloquium  presents  Anthropologist Courtney Dowdall and Data Scientist Ryan Klotz, speaking on “Escaping the Agrochemical Treadmill: Structural and Social Challenges to Sustainable Agriculture in Guatemala.”  The colloquium will be held in Magruder Hall, Room 2001, at 7 p.m.

The  authors of Pesticides and Global Health (2013), Dowdall and Klotz are 2002 Truman alum who did graduate research among coffee growers  in Guatemala. Their presentation draws on epidemiology, policy analysis, and social science research.  They outline some of the pressures shaping the use of agricultural chemicals, and they use Guatemalan case studies to demonstrate specific ways in which agrochemical dependence can  threaten public health.  Their talk is co-sponsored by the School of Science and Math and the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, and is part of Truman’s Graduate Education Month.

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