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.
We spent some time with Dana recently, and she gave us the lowdown on pesticide testing at Bayer.
Where to Begin?
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.