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Friday, November 8 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Balancing benefits and risks: Using real-world evidence to develop soil safety policies for urban agriculture

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Amid rising interest in growing food in cities, many cities have developed policies to promote and regulate urban agriculture. Some cities are creating soil safety guidelines to reduce risks for urban agriculture practitioners from exposure to contaminants harmful to human health such as lead and arsenic. During this interactive workshop, attendees will work with researchers and community partners from the Safe Urban Harvests study to explore the challenges in generating and using real-world evidence to inform science and policy decisions. Attendees will help lay the groundwork for soil safety policies that minimize barriers to urban agriculture and maximize public health protection.



Executive Director, Farm Alliance of Baltimore
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Raychel Santo

Sr. Research Program Coordinator, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
Raychel is a Senior Research Program Coordinator with two programs at the Center: the Food Production and Public Health program and the Food Communities and Public Health program. In this role, she works on a variety of projects related to local/regional food policy councils and governance... Read More →
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Sara Lupolt

PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
Sara Lupolt, MPH, is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. She received her BA in Government and Environmental Studies from Franklin & Marshall College in 2011 and her MPH in Environmental Health Science and Policy from the George Washington... Read More →
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Abby Cocke

Environmental Planner, Baltimore Office of Sustainability
Abby Cocke joined the Baltimore Office of Sustainability in 2011.  Prior to that, she got a BA in Environmental Studies at UMBC, and worked for five years at the Parks & People Foundation, first as a Community Organizer, and then as the Manager of Community Greening Programs.  Her... Read More →
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Valerie Rupp

Parks and People Foundation
Valerie was Director of Development at Women’s Law Center of Maryland, a nonprofit that provides free legal service to victims of domestic abuse and advocates for justice and fairness for women. She helped to preserve and communicate the stories of the workers who made the area’s... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:15pm EST
Classroom 203