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Avinash Kar, Senior Attorney, Health and Environment Program, San Francisco

Avinash Kar
I grew up in India and Botswana, before I moved to the United States when I was 15, and those experiences are significant influences on my work and outlook. Today, I am a Senior Attorney with NRDC’s Health and Environment Program, focusing on antibiotics in livestock, pesticides, and toxics in consumer products. My work has also covered air and water pollution and other environmental health issues. Before joining NRDC, I worked on air pollution issues related to factory farms in the Central Valley of California, with the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE). I received my law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law and my undergraduate degree from Williams College, where I studied abroad at Exeter College, Oxford University. In my spare time, I like to take pictures, read, watch movies, listen to music, hike, and enjoy the culinary and cultural delights of the Bay Area.

Recent Posts

Call on the California Legislature to Fix or Stop Weak Antibiotics Bill That Locks in Risky Antibiotics Use Practices

Posted July 13, 2015 by Avinash Kar

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SB 27 is making its way through the California legislature but we need your help to ensure it does not pass this legislative session. SB 27 would lock in bad antibiotics use practices, codifying repeated and regular use of antibiotics...continued

White House sends signal for change on antibiotic use in meat and poultry production; meat and pharmaceutical industries throw a tantrum

Posted June 18, 2015 by Avinash Kar

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The meat and poultry industry and the animal pharmaceutical companies are objecting to the White House's recent decision to have the Presidential Food Service serve only "meat and poultry that have not been treated with hormones or antibiotics," and have...continued

To understand animal drug use, estimates are better than nothing, but actual data are needed

Posted May 19, 2015 by Avinash Kar

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The FDA is announcing this morning that it plans to collect more estimates from animal drug manufacturers about how much of the antibiotics sold are for use in particular species, i.e. whether the drugs are being sold for use on...continued

California concludes BPA is toxic to women's reproductive health, follows expert scientific panel

Posted May 7, 2015 by Avinash Kar

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Yesterday, California officially placed bisphenol A (BPA) on its list of chemicals known to cause reproductive harm (California's "Proposition 65" list). The listing does not ban BPA, but could result in warnings on consumer products which contain the chemical. BPA...continued

Antibiotic use in livestock going up, up, up

Posted April 10, 2015 by Avinash Kar

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This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the latest report on sales of antibiotics for livestock use, that is, for use in meat and poultry production in 2013. The news follows the trends of the last few...continued

California sets strong public health goal for toxic rocket-fuel chemical in drinking water

Posted February 27, 2015 by Avinash Kar

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There is good news for public health in California today: the state is tackling rocket-fuel chemicals in drinking water. Today's action sets an updated and strong public health goal for the chemical perchlorate, which was used by facilities that produced,...continued

California follows the science on BPA, while the chemical industry remains "misinformed and confused"

Posted February 20, 2015 by Avinash Kar

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California announced earlier today that it will start the process to put bisphenol A (BPA) on the state list of chemicals known to cause reproductive harm (California's "Proposition 65" list) because of its effects on women's reproductive health. BPA is...continued

The market is leading the way on reducing antibiotics in meat production, but it's not enough

Posted February 19, 2015 by Avinash Kar

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There's a lot of good news about a shift in the market towards meat and poultry produced without the routine use of antibiotics. Carl's Jr. is marketing its "All-Natural Burger," with "no added hormones, steroids, or antibiotics." At a recent...continued

Court clears way for California's listing of BPA as a reproductive hazard

Posted December 23, 2014 by Avinash Kar

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In a victory for the public’s right to know about exposure to toxic chemicals, the California Superior Court ruled that the State of California can proceed with its listing of BPA (bisphenol A) as a chemical known to cause reproductive...continued

India Green News: UN's Montreal Protocol tackles HFCs; PM Narendra Modi makes strong pitch for clean energy at G20 summit; India plans solar army, to train 50,000 people

Posted December 3, 2014 by Avinash Kar

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India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India This compilation of the India Green News was authored by Nehmat Kaur. November 20th – November 28th   200 countries agree to hold informal...continued

India Green News: India's Goals in the Wake of U.S.-China Climate Deal, Energy Efficient Buildings, and Environmental Health Threats

Posted November 18, 2014 by Avinash Kar

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India Green News is a selection of news highlight about environmental and energy issues in India Compiled by Ariel Cooper Week of Nov. 9th-14th CLIMATE CHANGE After U.S.-China climate deal, focus on India to follow suit WASHINGTON/NEW DELHIAfter this week's...continued

Hydrocarbon Room Air Conditioners: Energy-Efficient, Commercially Viable and Safe

Posted November 6, 2014 by Avinash Kar

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Guest blog by Bhaskar Deol, NRDC India Representative based in New Delhi (This is the third and final post in a series of blogs on environmentally friendly refrigerant alternatives for India’s room air conditioner (AC) sector. The first two posts...continued

An Energy-Saving and Commercially Viable Alternative for India and the Global Market: HFC-32 for Room Air Conditioners

Posted November 6, 2014 by Avinash Kar

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Guest blog by Bhaskar Deol, NRDC India Representative based in New Delhi (This post is second in a series of blogs on environmentally friendly refrigerant alternatives for India’s room air conditioner (AC) sector. The first post is available here, and...continued

India Green News: India to talk HFCs under Montreal Pact; India will be renewables superpower says Energy Minister

Posted October 16, 2014 by Avinash Kar

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India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India Compiled by Nehmat Kaur September 26 – October 16th CLIMATE CHANGE India to talk HFCs under Montreal pact NEW DELHI: The government agreed to...continued

Energy Efficient, Climate Friendly Refrigerants for Hot and Humid India: Moving into the Future

Posted October 9, 2014 by Avinash Kar

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Guest blog by Bhaskar Deol, NRDC India Representative based in New Delhi This is the first in a series of blogs on this issue. (See the second and third posts in the series.) At the recently concluded bilateral India-US summit,...continued

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