Samantha Lovell ’15, a policy major from Colby’s Environmental Studies Program, coauthored a study by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on lead levels in food supply. The study, summarized here, “analyzed 11 years of data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and found that food, and baby food in particular, is a meaningful—and surprising—source of lead.” The authors go on to suggest that “if it were eliminated completely, we estimate the societal benefits at more than $27 billion annually.” Lovell is currently a project specialist in EDF’s environmental health program in Washington, D.C.

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