Does that cellphone in your pocket pose a health risk?

cellphone in pocketThe city of Berkeley just passed the nation’s first cellphone “right to know” ordinance, requiring retailers to warn customers of potential radiation exposure.

The measure is controversial: Many medical professionals say evidence of harm from electromagnetic fields is inconclusive. Nearly 200 scientists have called on international health organizations to adopt tougher regulations; industry groups are expected to sue to block the law.

Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, joined a recent discussion of the new ordinance, which he helped draft, on KQED radio’s Forum with Michael Krasny.

Listen to the conversation, which includes Moskowitz and a professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, Allan Balmain.