U.S. Geological Survey - Environmental Health
Access to an adequate, safe, and sustainable food supply is one of the highest priorities for our society. Agricultural crop and livestock production often occur within the same landscapes. Their yields as well as pests, diseases, and other threats are effectively managed by using a variety of tools such as synthetic nutrients, pesticides, and veterinary pharmaceuticals. Best management practices, manufacturer's guidance on safe use, and chemical registration and approval processes administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration help farmers minimize health threats. However public concerns about potential health threats to fish, wildlife, livestock, and humans posed by use of these tools are common, and are often based on perceptions rather than scientific information. The Food Resources Science Team designs and implements interdisciplinary science activities needed to help understand whether these concerns are warranted, and provides objective, unbiased information that decision makers need to address concerns where real. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Food Resource Science Team brings together a unique mix of experts in hydrologic, geologic, chemical, and biological sciences with specialized laboratories and field sites across the United States.
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