Scientific research consistently points to important links between numerous diseases and the chemicals we’re exposed to everyday in our food, air, water and consumer products. How are we exposed, what’s the government doing to protect us and can we actually control our exposure? As a leader in the field, Ken Cook will bring us up-to-date on what we really need to be concerned about, what we can do to protect ourselves and our families, and how we can help ensure a healthier future for generations to come. “Compelling, insightful, excellent and important information. One of the best yet!”
Ken Cook | President and co-founder of Environmental Working Group, a public interest research and advocacy organization focused on protecting human health and the environment and the creator of the online consumer database Skin Deep. Ken has been named one of Washington's Top Lobbyists and is considered one of the most influential 20th Century leaders and change-makers in the world.
Ken Cook is the president and founder of the Washington, DC-based Environmental Working Group (EWG), a public interest research and advocacy organization that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG’s research and analysis are major forces in national policy debates over toxic chemicals, pesticides, air and water pollution and the ecological impacts of modern agriculture. In 1998, Cook had the groundbreaking idea of testing living people to see what toxic chemicals were in their bodies. The disturbing results became the basis of bio-monitoring studies documenting that even unborn infants have hundreds of potentially harmful contaminants in their blood. EWG also focuses on water contamination, cell phone radiation, cosmetics and sunscreen safety, food and nutrition, and a heavily searched federal farm subsidy database. Cook and his team have been widely recognized as perhaps the environmental community’s most prominent and effective critics of establishment agriculture and the U.S. farm policy. Cook was named one of “the world’s 7 most powerful foodies” by food policy authority Michael Pollan and was voted the “Ultimate Green Game Changer” in 2009 by the readers of The Huffington Post. Cook has addressed food and agriculture policy in numerous interviews, including 60 Minutes, the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX Business News, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle.