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Poison spring : the secret history of pollution and the EPA

Author: E G Vallianatos; McKay Jenkins
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"Imagine walking into a restaurant and finding chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides, or neonicotinoid insecticides listed in the description of your entree. They may not be printed in the menu, but many are in your food. These are a few of the literally millions of pounds of approved synthetic substances dumped into the environment every day, not just in the US but around the world. They seep into our water supply,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E G Vallianatos; McKay Jenkins
ISBN: 9781608199143 1608199142
OCLC Number: 849210827
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xviii, 284 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: A country bathed in man-made chemicals --
The EPA nobody knows --
Pest control : a matter of merchandising --
The dioxin molecule of death --
DDT : a new principle of toxicology --
Why are the honeybees disappearing? --
Agricultural warfare --
The swamp : the big business of fraudulent science --
Whistle-blowers and what they're up against --
When will the well run dry? --
Fallout --
The hubris of the Reagan administration --
From Reagan to Bush --
The Obama administration : Yes, we can? --
Better living and a healthier natural world through small family farms.
Responsibility: E.G. Vallianatos with McKay Jenkins.

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"Imagine walking into a restaurant and finding chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides, or neonicotinoid insecticides listed in the description of your entree. They may not be printed in the menu, but many are in your food. These are a few of the literally millions of pounds of approved synthetic substances dumped into the environment every day, not just in the US but around the world. They seep into our water supply, are carried thousands of miles by wind and rain from the site of application, remain potent long after they are deposited, and constitute, in the words of one scientist, "biologic death bombs with a delayed time fuse and which may prove to be, in the long run, as dangerous to the existence of mankind as the arsenal of atom bombs." All of these poisons are sanctioned--or in some cases, ignored--by the EPA. For twenty-five years E.G. Vallianatos saw the EPA from the inside, with rising dismay over how pressure from politicians and threats from huge corporations were turning it from the public's watchdog into a "polluter's protection agency." Based on his own experience, the testimony of colleagues, and hundreds of documents Vallianatos collected inside the EPA, Poison Spring reveals how the agency has continually reinforced the chemical-industrial complex. Writing with acclaimed environmental journalist McKay Jenkins, E.G. Vallianatos provides a devastating exposé of how the agency created to protect Americans and our environment has betrayed its mission. Half a century after Rachel Carson's Silent Spring awakened us to the dangers of pesticides, we are poisoning our lands and waters with more toxic chemicals than ever"--

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