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Sandra Steingraber, PhD

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Biologist, Author, Professor, Expert on Environmental Links to Cancer and Reproductive Human Health

Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is a biologist, award-winning author, mother of two, and cancer survivor. Formerly on faculty at Cornell University, she is currently Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She is author of the classic, highly influential books, Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and Environment, and Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood. Hailed by the Sierra Club as “the new Rachel Carson,” Steingraber is presently at work on a book about the environmental life of children. She has addressed many environmental health conferences, testified at Congressional briefings, and appeared frequently on national media.

“It’s often said that children, pound for pound, eat more food, drink more water, and breathe more air than adults. That’s all true. Biologically speaking, our growing children are more ecological than we are: they are more vigorous participants in the food chain; they are more integrally involved with the world’s water cycle; they are more deeply dependent on planetary oxygen supplies. Other than the chromosomes we bequeathed them at conception, our children ARE rearranged molecules of air, food and water. Their bodies and minds are knitted together from the environment. What we need now are public policies that reflect these scientific realities. It is right that we should say “Healthy Child Healthy World” in the same breath. It’s a banner under which I’m pleased to labor.”

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