A well known activist and specialist on pesticide, Meriel coordinates Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Aotearoa New Zealand, is Senior Science Advisor to PAN Asia and the Pacific, and Co-Chairs the POPs Pesticide Working group for IPEN (International POPs Elimination Network).
She has published a number of books on pesticides, including Pesticides and Breast Cancer: A Wake Up Call and Pesticides: Sowing Poison, Growing Hunger, Reaping Sorrow;  and numerous monographs, fact sheets, and articles.
With a background in agricultural science and a PhD in pesticide risk assessment and policy,  she also has considerable experience in organic agriculture, including previously being executive director of  New Zealand’s largest organics organisation. Meriel and her partner run  a small certified organic farm on Auckland’s Waiheke Island.
Contact Meriel: merielwatts@xtra.co.nz