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Pesticide drift and the pursuit of environmental justice

Author: Jill Lindsey Harrison
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2011.
Series: Food, health, and the environment.
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"Jill Lindsey Harrison considers political conflicts over pesticide drift in California, using them to illuminate the broader problem and its potential solutions. The fact that pesticide pollution and illnesses associated with it disproportionately affect the poor and the powerless raises questions of environmental justice (and political injustice). Despite California's impressive record of environmental protection,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jill Lindsey Harrison
ISBN: 9780262015981 0262015986 9780262516280 0262516284
OCLC Number: 704243729
Description: xvii, 277 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introducing environmental justices --
Assessing the scope and severity of pesticide drift --
The crop protection industry --
The environmental regulatory state --
The alternative agrifood movement --
Conclusion: taking justice seriously.
Series Title: Food, health, and the environment.
Responsibility: Jill Lindsey Harrison.

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"Jill Lindsey Harrison considers political conflicts over pesticide drift in California, using them to illuminate the broader problem and its potential solutions. The fact that pesticide pollution and illnesses associated with it disproportionately affect the poor and the powerless raises questions of environmental justice (and political injustice). Despite California's impressive record of environmental protection, massive pesticide regulatory apparatus, and booming organic farming industry, pesticide-related accidents and illnesses continue unabated. To unpack this conundrum, Harrison examines the conceptions of justice that increasingly shape environmental politics and finds that California's agricultural industry, regulators, and pesticide drift activists hold different, and conflicting, notions of what justice looks like."--Provided by publisher.

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...This is an important and timely addition to the conversation surrounding U.S. agriculture. It is a welcome antidote to the antipolitics of the food reform movement. -- Madeleine Fairbairn, Read more...

 
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