MCKAY JENKINS

Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet

Video Replays from the 2018 Conference

  • GMOS And The Fight To Save Our Food Supply
  • 02:31:51
MARK SCHAPIRO, Andrew Kimbrell, MCKAY JENKINS, JEFFREY M. SMITH, SHELDON KRIMSKY, Ph.D.
GMOS And The Fight To Save Our Food Supply

Posted Aug 2018

  • Food Fight: GMOS And The Future Of The American Diet
  • 01:19:05
MCKAY JENKINS
Food Fight: GMOS And The Future Of The American Diet

Posted Aug 2018

  • What's The Big Deal About GMO's, Are They Really That Important A Subject?
  • 24:45
MARK SCHAPIRO, Andrew Kimbrell, MCKAY JENKINS, JEFFREY M. SMITH, SHELDON KRIMSKY, Ph.D.
What's The Big Deal About GMO's, Are They Really That Important A Subject?

Posted Oct 2018

Video Replays from previous conferences

  • McKay Jenkins Ph.D. 2015 Offstage Interview
  • 13:42
MCKAY JENKINS
McKay Jenkins Ph.D. 2015 Offstage Interview

Posted Oct 2015

  • Full Version of Panel - Killer Chemicals in Our Everyday Lives and How To Avoid Them
  • 01:27:57
Brian Clement Ph.D., L.N., Anna Maria Clement Ph.D., L.N., MCKAY JENKINS
Full Version of Panel - Killer Chemicals in Our Everyday Lives and How To Avoid Them

Posted Nov 2015

  • Why Are There So Many Chemicals In Our Lives?
  • 23:12
MCKAY JENKINS
Why Are There So Many Chemicals In Our Lives?

Posted Mar 2017

  • McKay Jenkins Takes Audience Questions On Chemicals
  • 26:47
MCKAY JENKINS
McKay Jenkins Takes Audience Questions On Chemicals

Posted Mar 2017

  • Why Doesn't The General Public Think Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Are A Health Risk?
  • 18:15
Brian Clement Ph.D., L.N., Anna Maria Clement Ph.D., L.N., MCKAY JENKINS
Why Doesn't The General Public Think Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Are A Health Risk?

Posted Feb 2017

  • What Do You Think Of These Articles About The Dangers Of Chemicals?
  • 15:26
Brian Clement Ph.D., L.N., Anna Maria Clement Ph.D., L.N., MCKAY JENKINS
What Do You Think Of These Articles About The Dangers Of Chemicals?

Posted Feb 2017

  • Where Are We Interacting With Chemicals In Our Everyday Life?
  • 10:15
Brian Clement Ph.D., L.N., Anna Maria Clement Ph.D., L.N., MCKAY JENKINS
Where Are We Interacting With Chemicals In Our Everyday Life?

Posted Feb 2017

  • What Chemicals In Our Everyday Life Are Most Important To Avoid?
  • 16:12
Brian Clement Ph.D., L.N., Anna Maria Clement Ph.D., L.N., MCKAY JENKINS
What Chemicals In Our Everyday Life Are Most Important To Avoid?

Posted Feb 2017

  • Only Five Out Of 80,000 Chemicals Have Ever Been Removed For Health Consequences And Only 200 Were Tested
  • 20:36
Brian Clement Ph.D., L.N., Anna Maria Clement Ph.D., L.N., MCKAY JENKINS
Only Five Out Of 80,000 Chemicals Have Ever Been Removed For Health Consequences And Only 200 Were Tested

Posted Feb 2017

  • Why Should We Care About Chemicals And Pesticides If We Can't See Them?
  • 09:01
Brian Clement Ph.D., L.N., Anna Maria Clement Ph.D., L.N., MCKAY JENKINS
Why Should We Care About Chemicals And Pesticides If We Can't See Them?

Posted Feb 2017


McKay Jenkins has been writing about people and the natural world for 30 years. His new book is Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet (Avery, an imprint of PenguinRandomHouse, 2017).

He is also the author of ContamiNation (Avery, 2016, previously published in hardcover by Random House as What’s Gotten Into Us), which chronicles his investigation into the myriad synthetic chemicals we encounter in our daily lives, and the growing body of evidence about the harm these chemicals do to our bodies and the environment.

His book, Poison Spring (Bloomsbury, 2014), co-written with E.G. Vallianatos, has been called “a jaw-dropping expose´ of the catastrophic collusion between the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] and the chemical industry.” (Booklist, starred review) His other books include Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: Madness and Murder in the Arctic Barren Lands (Random House, 2005), the true tale of a pair of French Catholic missionaries who were murdered in the Arctic by a pair of Inuit hunters, and the trial and troubling cultural consequencs of this strange and fascinating event.

The Last Ridge: The Epic Story of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and the Assault on Hitler’s Europe (Random House, 2003) tells the story of America’s most famous mountain soldiers. It recounts the division’s exploits training at high altitudes in Colorado and its heroic missions in the mountains of Italy during World War Two.

The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone (Random House, 2000) is the true story of five young mountaineers who, after setting out to make the first winter ascent of the highest peak in Montana’s Glacier National Park, were killed in a massive avalanche that led to one of the country’s largest search and rescue missions.

The South in Black and White: Race, Sex, and Literature in the 1940s (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1999) explores the influence of racial history and sexual mores on the literature of the American South in the decades immediately preceding the Civil Rights Movement.

Jenkins is also the editor of The Peter Matthiessen Reader (Vintage, 2000), an anthology of the American nature writer’s finest and most enduring nonfiction work. Jenkins holds degrees from Amherst, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and Princeton, where he received a PhD in English. A former staff writer for the Atlanta Constitution, he has also written for Outside, Orion, The New Republic, and many other publications. Jenkins is currently the Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware, where he has won the Excellence in Teaching Award. He lives in Baltimore with his family.

 

Poison Spring     ContamiNation: My Quest to Survive in a Toxic World

McKay Jenkins has been writing about people and the natural world for 25 years. His most recent book, Poison Spring (Bloomsbury, 2014), co-written with E.G. Vallianatos, has been called a jaw-dropping expose of the catastrophic collusion between the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] and the chemical industry.(Booklist, starred review) He is also the author of What’s Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World (Random House, 2011), which chronicles his investigation into the myriad synthetic chemicals we encounter in our daily lives, and the growing body of evidence about the harm these chemicals do to our bodies and the environment.

 

Jenkins holds degrees from Amherst, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and Princeton, where he received a PhD in English. A former staff writer for the Atlanta Constitution, he has also written for Outside, Orion, The New Republic, and many other publications. Jenkins is currently the Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware, where he has won the Excellence in Teaching Award.

 

“In the past few years, scientists have become increasingly worried about the growing presence of synthetic chemicals in our bodies, and in our environment — and the connection these chemicals may have to cancer, hormonal imbalances, and many other diseases. These are not just the toxins leaking out of industrial dumps — they are the chemicals leaking into us from the products we use every day: from cosmetics, cookware, and the fabric in our upholstery; from pharmaceuticals in our drinking water and the pesticides we spray on our lawns.

 

I learned this the hard way. A few years ago, I discovered a surprise in my abdomen: a tumor the size of a baseball. An hour before I was to enter the operating room, researchers asked if I had ever been exposed to toxic chemicals. In my life, I asked? This seemed like an odd question. What kind of chemicals do you mean? The researchers began reading from a list, which turned out to be very long. Some things I had heard of, many others I had not. Formaldehyde? Weed killers? Glues? Dry cleaning fluids? Detergents? Lacquers? Flame retardants? Plastic meat wrap?

Plastic meat wrap? Clearly, what I knew about my chemical exposure history was pretty vague. I decided to search for clues. My new book, What’s Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World, takes a clear-eyed look at the ways everyday things may be making us sick, and shows how we can protect ourselves by making wiser, healthier choices. It examines the way products are made and regulated (or, typically, not regulated); the way synthetic chemicals enter our bodies, and the latest research about what this chemical “body burden” may be doing to our health. It looks at our shopping habits, our drinking water, and our lawn care, and it ponders the ways advertising and marketing have blinded us to some pretty obvious problems.”

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