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Curriculum Vitae: Lisa Lefferts

Center for Science in the Public Interest
1220 L Street, NW
Washington DC 20005
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MSPH (Public Health), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Environmental Management & Protection (Toxicology Curriculum). Received honors in most courses.

BA (Biology and Environmental Studies), Oberlin College

Graduate (piano), Peabody Institute of Music, Preparatory Department


2004  Environmental Health Sciences (see disclaimer icon)

Senior Editor of daily electronic environmental health newsletter and website. Previously Science Editor. The mission of Environmental Health News is to advance the public’s understanding of environmental health issues by publishing its own journalism and providing access to worldwide news about a variety of subjects related to the health of humans, wildlife, and ecosystems.   

1992  Environmental Health Consultant, Lisa Y. Lefferts Consulting

  • represent consumer interests at national and international level meetings
    • drafted and represented positions for Consumers International (CI) at 30+ Codex meetings
    • represented CI at FAO/WHO Expert Consultations, WHO Food Safety Strategy Meeting, etc.
  • research to evaluate risks of pesticides, drug residues, additives, contaminants
  • evaluate health and environmental claims
  • writing for general and expert audience, including evaluations, proposals, policy statements, magazine articles, press releases, book chapters, white papers
  • conduct workshops and lecture on risk analysis, risk communication, pesticides, food safety, consumer perspectives, and specific environmental health hazards
  • clients include national and international consumer and environmental organizations

1988-1991  Staff Scientist, Center for Science in the Public Interest

  • coauthored Safe Food: Eating Wisely in a Risky World (Living Planet Press, 1991)
  • toured the nation promoting Safe Food; extensive, favorable media coverage
  • researched and wrote for Nutrition Action Healthletter
  • interviewed and widely quoted, e.g., The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Associated Press,
    National Public Radio, CBS Evening News, Today Show
  • petitioned and submitted formal comments to the FDA, testified at public hearings
  • lectured and moderated panels at conferences

1986-1988 Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. EPA,  Office of Solid Waste

  • codeveloped major regulation requiring corrective action for hazardous waste releases
  • codeveloped training policies and program on risk assessment and risk management for managers and staff

Lisa Y. Lefferts

1985  Consultant, Triangle J Council of Governments

  • drafted citizens' handbook on household hazardous waste

1985  Intern to Assistant Administrator for Pesticides and Toxic Substances, U.S. EPA

  • coauthored Agency response to industry's criticisms of a study on the carcinogenicity of HxCDD, a dioxin
  • helped draft policy paper on assessing risks of systemic toxicants
  • evaluated variation in susceptibility to cholinesteraseinhibiting pesticides, for decision on acceptable intake

1984  Intern, North Carolina Governor's Waste Management Board

  • developed six booklets on hazardous waste and toxics  

1984  Research Intern, National Wildlife Federation 

  • principal investigator and writer of report on chemical contamination of fish and the FDA's monitoring program 

 1981-1984  Research/Information Specialist, Rachel Carson Council

  • assistant researcher for "Basic Guide To Pesticides"
  • researched and wrote part of "Coping with the Gypsy Moth"

1978-1980  Physical Science Aide, U.S. Food and Drug Administration,Baltimore (summers) 

  • analyzed foods for trace pesticide and PCB residues


  • listed in The World Who's Who of Women, American Women of Today, Two Thousand     Notable American Women, and The Who's Who Registry
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet, 1993 2001
  • Editorial Board, Pesticides, People and Nature: Journal of the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., 1999
  • Board of Advisors, Campaign for Food Literacy, 1992 current
  • Environmental Sciences Achievement Award, University of North CarolinaChapel Hill, 1986
  • EPA grant for original research, 1986, US Public Health Service Traineeship, 1985
  • Sigma Xi Honor Society, Associate Membership


“Pesticide residues variability and acute dietary risk assessment: a consumer perspective.”
Food Additives and Contaminants 17 (7) 511517 (2000).

“Safety and Choice: Key Consumer Issues for Genetically Modified Foods.” Economic Perspectives 4 (4): 2729, 1999.

“The importance of food safety issues from the public perspective. Public perception and the consumers interest in pesticide residues,” by Ronald Luijk, Lisa Y. Lefferts, Edward Groth III, presented to the BCPC Conference in Brighton, England, 1619 November 1998.

“Potential Public Health Impacts of the Use of Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin in Dairy Production,” by Michael Hansen, Ph.D., Jean M. Halloran, Edward Groth III, Ph.D., Lisa Y. Lefferts, Prepared for a Scientific Review by the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives, September 1997. 

Green Food Labels: Emerging Opportunities for Environmental Awareness and Market Development, report prepared with Mark Heinicke for Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet, June 1996 (40 pp).

various cover stories for The Green Guide for Everyday Life: "Avoiding HormoneAltering Chemicals," No. 15 (Part I) and No. 16 (Part II), September, October 1995; "Cultivating Biophilia: Our Love for the Family of Life," No. 12, June 1995.

"Health and Ecological Impacts of Pesticides Currently Used in the Great Lakes Basin", for World Wildlife Fund, in An Agricultural Profile of the Great Lakes Basin: Characteristics and Trends in Production, LandUse and Environmental Impacts, prepared by Agricultural Profile Project Team, August 1996. 

"Answers to Questions About Pesticides," report prepared for Midwest Organic Alliance.

"Chlorine in the Home: What are the Risks?" Proceedings of the 9th Annual Household Hazardous Waste Management Conference, November 1719, 1994, Austin, TX by International City/County Management Association and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1995.

Chapter on food safety in Supermarket Buying Guide: Get More for Less When You Shop, Consumer Reports Books, 1994

"HormoneLike Chemicals in Our Environment," Report prepared for Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet, April 1994 (20 pp.)

"Children & Pesticides: Federal Policies Provide Inadequate Protection," Pesticides & You, (published by the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides), spring 1994.

"A Guide to Consumer Participation in Federal DecisionMaking: Two Decades of Experience from the FDA Office of Consumer Affairs," manuscript prepared for Food and Drug Administration, Office of Consumer Affairs, 1993

"Pesticides in Food: Why Children Are At Increased Risk," Report prepared for Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet, March 1993 (19 pp.)

"Consumer Issues in Safety and Quality of Animal Products," FAIR '95 Proceedings of a Symposium on Food Animal Research Priorities, October 1820, 1992, coordinated by Federation of American Societies of Food Animal Sciences, Forum for Animal Agriculture, 1993

E: The Environmental Magazine, "Too Many Risks in the Sea," January/February, 1993

"Reproductive and Developmental Risks," Briefing paper prepared for Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet, November 1992 (47 pp.)

E: The Environmental Magazine, "Eating As If the Earth Mattered: How Our Food Choices Affect The Environment," cover story, January/February, 1992

Safe Food: Eating Wisely in a Risky World (Living Planet Press, 1991), with Michael F. Jacobson and Anne Witte Garland

cover stories in Nutrition Action Healthletter (many reprinted in newspapers nationwide, several purchased by Los Angeles Times Syndicate):

  • "Good Fish/Bad Fish" (October 1988)
  • "Water: Safe to Swallow?" (November 1988)
  • "Pass the Pesticides" (April 1989)
  • "Great Grilling" (July/August 1989)
  • "Risky Business" (October 1989)
  • "Microwaves: The Heat is On" (January/February 1990)
  • "Pack it Right" (April 1990)
  • "Carcinogens Au Natural?" (July/August 1990)
  • "Is it Safe?" (October 1990)
  • "Water: Treat it Right" (November 1990)
  • "Name Your (Food) Poison" (July/August 1991)
  • "Molds: The Fungus Among Us" (November 1991)
  • "Eating Green" (January/February 1992)
  • "A Commonsense Approach to Pesticides" (September 1993)

other articles in Nutrition Action Healthletter


  • "Pesticides: Fact v. Fantasy" (June 1989)
  • "Cows on Drugs" (April 1990)
  • "The Ten Worst Additives" (June 1991)
  • "The Safe Food Kitchen" (September 1991)

Garbage magazine, premier issue, "The Truth About Seafood," September/October 1989  

"Assessing Risks of CholinesteraseInhibiting Pesticides," in Risk Assessment in Setting National Priorities, Plenum Press, NY, 1989, pp. 617623

Six booklets on hazardous waste and toxic substances, for the Governor's Waste Management Board in North Carolina, 1985


Consumers International 15th World Congress, Santiago, Chile, November 1997

-Presentation on Participation of CI Members in Codex

Pesticide Residues Variability and Acute Dietary Risk Assessment, York, UK, December 1998

-Presentation on The Consumer Perspective (later published in Food Additives and Contaminants, 2000, vol. 17, no. 7, 511517)

International Symposium on Acute Dietary Intake of Pesticide Residues, The Hague, The Netherlands, April 1999

-Presentation on Consumer Perspectives on Acute Dietary Intake of Pesticides

CI Codex Training Workshop, Warsaw, Poland, November 1999

-Presentations covering an introduction to Codex, the work in CCFH and CCRVDF, the role of NGOs in Codex, emerging issues in Codex, etc. for consumer organizations in Eastern Europe

Codex Workshop, Sofia, Bulgaria, April 2000

-Presentations on Codex for Bulgarian consumers, government, industry; press coverage

Consumers International 16th World Congress, Durban, South Africa, November 2000

-Presentation on Consumer Participation in Codex: A Developed Country Consumer Perspective

International Symposium on Food Safety, Tokyo, Japan, January 2001

-Presentation on Consumer Participation and Food Safety in the United States and Panelist Discussing “Social System for Assuring Food Safety Required Today” (1 of 5 speakers, 500 attendees, press coverage)

CI Codex Training, Bucharest, Romania, November 2001

-Presentations on CCFH and Codex food hygiene texts, CCFL and Codex food labelling texts, etc. for consumer organizations in Eastern Europe

 2nd OIE International Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance, October 2001

-Presentation at session “Perception of the society: To which extent does antimicrobial use in animal husbandry contribute to resistance associated human health problems? View of Consumers”

Food Safety Consortium, Manhattan, KS, October 2002

-Presentation on “Assessing and Managing Risk Assessment: A Consumer Perspective

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