Virginia's First Pesticide Safety Educator - 1889
Pesticide safety education in Virginia dates back over 125 years. It was Professor William Bradford Alwood, Professor of Horticulture, Mycology and Entomology (1888 to 1904) who first taught pesticide safety to growers and applicators in Virginia.
|| In 1889, William Bradford Alwood told a meeting of the Albemarle
Fruit & Grape Growers [Feb.15,1889 - Charlottesville Chronicle] the following:
In 1892, consumers contacted Alwood and his colleague, Dr. Walker Bowman, chemist at the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station. The public voiced their fear of excessive pesticide residues on grapes. These two scientists conducted some of the first pesticide residue testing on food commodities to determine pesticide safety. They did the following:
This made Professor Alwood -- Virginia's first pesticide safety educator and along with Dr. Bowman, its first pesticide residue chemist. After leaving Virginia Tech in 1904, Professor Alwood was hired by the head of the USDA Bureau of Chemistry, Dr. Harvey Wiley, as our nation's first enologist. Wiley was the father of food safety in the United States. Alwood eventually worked with Dr. Wiley under the authority of the Pure Food Act of 1907, a precursor of today's food safety laws. From 1907 until Prohibition in 1916, Alwood tested US wines and ciders for purity, safety, and quality at his Stonehenge Laboratory (national enology laboratory) in Charlottesville, VA.
More information on the many contributions of William Bradford Alwood.