Liza Gross
Liza Gross is an independent journalist who writes frequently about the intersection between science and society, specializing in environmental and public health. She's a regular contributor to KQED and a Senior editor at PLOS Biology. Her work has appeared in Discover, the New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic's News Watch and many other outlets.

Seeding doubt

At a time when public mistrust of science runs high, and non-experts are hard-pressed to separate fact from industry-sponsored spin, Sense About Science, a charity based in London with an affiliate in New York, presents itself as a trustworthy arbiter. The organization purports to help the misinformed public sift through alarmist claims about public health… » Read More

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A new study suggests that even the toughest pesticide regulations aren’t nearly tough enough

California officials have long touted their pesticide regulations as the toughest in the nation. But a new report from the University of California, Los Angeles, reveals a major flaw in the state’s approach to evaluating safety, one that has broad implications for the way pesticides are regulated nationally: Regulators assess pesticide safety one product at… » Read More

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Fields of Toxic Pesticides Surround the Schools of Ventura County

When Dayane Zuñiga started running for Oxnard High School’s track team a few years ago, she often noticed an odd odor coming from the strawberry fields on her route. A farming community between the beach towns of Santa Barbara and Malibu, California, Oxnard is among the largest strawberry-growing regions in the nation. At first, Zuñiga… » Read More

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