Kimberlie Le L&S Sciences
Environmental and Social Effects of Agrochemical Use in Taichung, Taiwan
My research is an interdisciplinary study of the effects of agrochemicals on river ecosystems. I will be travelling the Taichung, Taiwan to conduct my study in an area which predominately farms various fruits and vegetables. I’m interested in looking at the environmental effects of the agriculture on river ecosystems by performing bioassement arrays and looking at macroinvertebrate concentration as well as water sample analysis for pesticides. To piece together my project, I will also be tracing a history of farming practices in Taiwan too see how they have changed due to the agrochemical revolution and to see why and how many public health issues such as excess chemical residue in food and other problems related to pesticide usage have arisen in the past fourty years. I hope with my study to be able to raise additional awareness to these problems in efforts to be able to find meaninful solutions and monitoring protocols for environemental and human health.