But Safety Comes First
Let us introduce you to Dana Sargent. When it comes to pesticides, she knows her stuff. And she’s got a fancy title to show for it, too. (She’s Bayer’s Global Head of Regulatory Toxicology, since you asked! As well as a mom, a retired Army Major, and wife to a race car driver!)
Yeah, you could say she knows a little bit about keeping people safe. Her job is to test the safety of Bayer products and then work with government regulators who are ultimately responsible for approving them.
(Oh, and we haven’t forgotten about animals and natural resources — some of Dana’s colleagues focus on ensuring pesticides are safe for wildlife and the environment.)
We spent some time with Dana recently, and she gave us the lowdown on pesticide testing at Bayer.
Where to Begin?
“Safety is the foundation for every scientist in our organization,” Dana says. “As they are testing and evaluating our products, our scientists know that Bayer as a company will always support them — and that if they feel uncomfortable with some safety aspects, we will address it. With Bayer, it is the strongest part of our values and our culture to ensure that the products we put on the market are safe.”
“Ultimately, we can all agree that safety is our number one concern,” she adds. “Of all the things I see in my kids’ future and the possibilities for what they can accomplish, I don’t want them to have to worry about the safety of products and where our generation has left the environment.”
Why Do We Need Pesticides Anyway?
“People often hear in a very general sense that pesticides are chemicals, and that chemicals are bad. I like to take the time to explain just how much we know about them,” Dana says.
And what’s the reality? First, Dana explains that these products are actually super important to modern agriculture, as they help farmers to stock our grocery stores with healthy, safe and nutritious food. Without them, we’d have far less food… and that’s clearly not a great thing for health and nutrition when there are people who still go hungry every day.