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Bronco Discovery and Innovation Series

The Bronco Discovery and Innovation Series is hosted by University Advancement in partnership with university leaders welcoming Boise State President’s Club members and guests to hear from the brightest minds in research today.

No Matter What You Think About Organic Food, You’re Wrong

Presented by Cynthia Curl, Ph.D.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
Time: Noon
Location:  Alumni and Friends Center

Every time we go to the grocery store, we must decide whether to buy a “regular” apple or to pay a little extra for that “organic” apple. For many of us, this decision is based on whether or not we think organic food is somehow healthier than food that is conventionally grown. Unfortunately, despite many strong feelings on both sides, scientific evidence is lacking to fully support either view. During her presentation, Dr. Curl will clarify the meaning of the organic label and describe the state of the science regarding the health benefits of organic food.

Cynthia Curl studies the intersection between agriculture and human health with a primary focus on understanding human exposure to agricultural pesticides. Dr. Curl founded and directs Boise State’s Agricultural Health Lab and serves as the Director of the Center for Excellence in Environmental Health & Safety. She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from the University of Washington in 2014 and joined the Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University in the spring of 2015. Prior to her doctoral training, Dr. Curl worked as a researcher for the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, and in both the private and non-profit sectors as a research scientist and environmental consultant.

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