Testing the waters...

Posted by reyestirado — 9 April 2009 at 2:21pm - Comments

Reyes samples the water supply in a Punjabi village

Here at the Greenpeace Research Laboratories, based at the University of Exeter, we provide scientific advice and analytical support to Greenpeace offices worldwide, across a range of disciplines.

I've just returned from a sampling field-trip to agricultural areas in Punjab, India. It has been an amazing and inspiring experience: visiting farms to gather data about farming practices and analysing groundwater wells affected by agrochemical pollution to monitor drinking water quality. Greenpeace India will use this study to highlight the need to shift to ecological farming as our safest solution to the food crisis and climate change.

When I moved from San Francisco to Exeter to join the labs almost three years ago I didn't realise my life as a Greenpeace scientist would be so much fun. On top of being surrounded by wonderful people in the lab when I'm in Exeter, I get to work on fascinating projects around the world and am always learning new ways to bring science closer to environmental action.

Reyes with some of the women of the village
Reyes with local women from one of the Punjabi villages she recently visited to test the quality of their drinking water

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