As TEDxManhattan approaches, we’ve asked this year’s speakers to introduce themselves by answering a few questions. Today we feature Steve Wing, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.
1) What’s the topic you’ll be speaking about?
Environmental health impacts of industrial farm animal production.
2) Why do you feel this is important?
Most meat, milk and eggs come from factory farms that pollute the environment and impact the health of farmworkers and people living nearby. Factory farms also pollute larger regions and release greenhouse gases that cause climate change. Raising awareness about the negative impacts of industrial farm animal production can help build a movement for a healthier food system.
3) Are there other projects you’re also passionate about right now?
I work on other health and environmental issues related to agriculture, waste, and energy including sewage sludge and nuclear radiation.
4) Where can more information about your project be found?
See this article from The Environmental Factor, published monthly by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
Steve Wing received his Ph.D. in epidemiology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is currently an associate professor. Recent work has focused on environmental injustice and health effects of ionizing radiation, industrial animal production, sewage sludge, and landfills. He has collaborated on health and exposure studies with communities and workers impacted by threats to environmental and occupational health.