What is Environmental Health Science, and why should you care?
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What is Environmental Health Science, and why should you care?

What is environmental health science,
and why is it important? Imagine you have a caramel apple. Let’s make
it a peanut-coated caramel apple. Now imagine all the ways that apple
might cause harm to someone. The peanuts could trigger an allergic reaction. Sugar in the caramel could increase your chances
of developing diabetes or heart disease. Are the preservatives and other
additives in the coating safe? Does the apple contain traces of pesticides?
And were farmers and neighbors exposed to these pesticides
as the apple was being grown? Then there’s the packaging the apple came in. Does it contain harmful chemicals?
And did some of these get into the apple? Was anyone exposed to dangerous stuff
while the packaging was being made? And for the paranoid: did the production of this caramel apple
contribute to global warming and as a result increase the level of
health risks around the world? On the flip side though, this caramel apple
is dripping with carbohydrates and proteins and vitamins, and other nutrients
that your body needs. And it’s not just about you – people’s livelihoods, and as a result their
health, could well depend on you eating that apple. So, should you eat the apple? Without some way of making sense of the
speculation about the risks and benefits, the only thing you’re likely to get is a headache. The good news is that there is help at hand –
it’s called environmental health science. By understanding the science behind how our
environment affects our health, we can take some of the guesswork out of the
decisions we make. This is incredibly important if you are
procrastinating over biting into an enticing caramel apple. But it also has some bearing on one or two
other issues, like how can we develop safer products? How can we curb the rise lifestyle diseases? Or, how can we benefit from the gains of
technological progress without suffering the pain of unintended health impacts? And as a bonus, the science of what happens
at that intersection between our bodies and the environment we live in is pretty cool – although I could be
biased on that front. Environmental health science, reducing
risk and increasing benefits so everyone can lead a healthier life.

8 thoughts on “What is Environmental Health Science, and why should you care?

  1. I feel like I could show this video to my mom and she would finally understand what I am studying. I think these videos are great!

  2. LOL.
    Environmental Health is for a bunch of pussies.
    All of them are nothing but a bunch of weak, bat-shit crazy Libs that over think, EVERYTHING.

  3. How about the transportation process? What modes were used (i.e. trucks, trains, ships, etc.), and were the apples properly stored during transport? How were the apples cleaned after harvesting? Do the stores selling those apples offer a clean and safe place to work? How about the factory and the farm? Did the apple use any artificial coloring? What are those and what do they do to our body?

    Ahh I swear the world is out to get us!!

  4. Just a thought, why haven't there been any recent innovations in the environmental field in the last decade or so? Did everyone just give up? Or are we all looking in the wrong places for answers?

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