Food and Pesticide Regulation |

This course will track the genesis and evolution of pesticide use and regulation at the state and federal level, focusing on the tension between society’s need for production of food versus the need to protect human health and the environment against unreasonable adverse effects associated with pesticide use. As scientific understanding of pesticides has increased, so too has the technology associated with testing and detection of pesticide concentrations in food, vegetation, and the human environment. These technological developments have led to a better understanding of cumulative risk by federal and state regulators, which, in turn, has led to changes in pesticide regulation and politics. Therefore, this course will cover concepts including toxic torts, risk assessment, organic production and certification, pesticide tolerances on food, impacts on endangered and threatened species, pesticide use on cannabis, international bans on certain products, alternatives to conventional pesticide use, first amendment issues associated with pesticide labeling, and environmental justice.

Prerequisites: N/A
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)


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