Study: Environmental exposure to hormones used in animal agriculture greater than expected

cattleResearch led by Adam Ward, an assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington, received widespread media attention for its finding that U.S. environmental regulations don’t always address the risk resulting from complex chemical processes in the environment. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, showed that potentially harmful growth-promoting hormones used in beef production are expected to persist in the environment at higher concentrations and for longer durations than previously thought. An IU news release — including a video of Ward discussing his research — and media pitching by Finn Partners led to news coverage in Time magazine and other publications.

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