Ken Cook
San Francisco

Areas of Expertise

  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Drinking water
  • Federal chemicals policy
  • Pesticides

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  • M.S., Soil Science, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • B.S., Agriculture, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • B.A., History, University of Missouri, Columbia


Ken Cook is widely recognized as one of the environmental community’s most prominent and influential critics of industrial agriculture, U.S. food and farm policy, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and federal pesticide and chemicals policy, and children’s environmental health, among other issues.

Cook is a sought-after public speaker on these and other environmental issues and is frequently cited for the outsize impact that his and EWG’s work have had on policy debates in Washington and in state and local governments across the country.

Cook testifies regularly before Congressional committees and has given well received talks at a variety of venues including the White House, South by Southwest (SXSW), TEDx Manhattan and a number of other conferences and universities.

He has addressed food, agriculture and toxics policy in countless media interviews, including with 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX Business News, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Reuters, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle.


In the News

“Crippling research to protect children’s health, while bowing to the agenda of the chemical industry, is the calling card of the EPA in the Trump administration.”
- Ken Cook
May 22, 2019
“Bob Murray and his company are the latest examples of how market forces have sealed the fate of coal and there’s nothing the president can do about it.”
- Ken Cook
October 29, 2019
“Monsanto made Roundup the OxyContin of pesticides, and now the addiction and damage they caused have come home to roost. This won’t cure DeWayne Lee Johnson’s cancer, but it will send a strong message to a renegade company.”
- Ken Cook
August 10, 2018
“The fact that several cancers showed a marked decrease [in an organic diet] tells me that organic food is probably targeting the mechanisms that are associated with those cancers. And there are other chemicals in nonorganic food – chemical dyes, colorings, flavorings – that simply are not allowed in organic food manufacturing. That – in addition to pesticides – may be another reason why there are lower cancer rates amongst these mostly women [in this study] who are eating more organic food.”
- Ken Cook
November 16, 2018

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