Department of Communication Studies

Ken Cook, Executive Director of the Environmental Working Group, to Speak, Oct. 9

Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, will speak at UNI on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium. Cook's talk is titled "Hunger Games: What is it about agriculture that's eating consumers?"

Cook, EWG’s president and co-founder, is widely recognized as one of the environmental community’s most prominent and effective critics of establishment agriculture and U.S. farm policy.

Under Cook, EWG’s break-through innovation has been the creation of easy-to-use, online consumer databases to analyze toxic pollution in people, government farm subsidies, nuclear waste transportation routes to Yucca Mountain, mining claims near the Grand Canyon, tap water quality nationwide and provide consumers with cosmetics ingredient safety information.

Cook earned a B.A. in history, B.S. in agriculture and M.S. in soil science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He and his wife Deb Callahan live in California with their son, Callahan Cook.

The talk is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education, and the Department of Communication Studies.Ken Cook poster