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 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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This book is a vivid detailed picture of what happens when a federal agency designated to protect the US public health from pollution and toxic chemicals comes under the control of the regulated companies. This is also a book that gives a full accounting of 25 years of observation and confirmation of the toxic damages done to the American people from chemicals, pesticides, insecticides, and other toxins with the approval of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The author discusses fraudulent scientific studies produced by industries and promoted by the EPA as proof of safety. The book also implicates Congress, the Senate, and the White House as protectors of industry at the expense of human health. Scientists now know that children's IQ is dropping because of exposure to chemicals used every day by Americans; in the home, at work, at school, and at play--all approved without proof of human safety. This book should be required reading for everyone in government as well as all...
Mr. Vallianatos has the expertise, knowledge and experience, to be in a unique place that allows him to write this very well researched book that tells is like it is. He rings the warning bell as he exposes practices that have been going on for too long unchecked and he does not mince his words when it comes to indicating where blame lies. This book could be an instrument of change, if it is read by many people thus creating an awakening by setting the record straight and laying down the bare facts. A must read for anyone who is concerned about the environment, and the quality of human life on Earth.
This is a really depressing book... In recent years it's become clear just how corrupt the FDA and USDA are in protecting corporate profits over our health... But the EPA gave the impression of being actually sort of a champion of the public health in certain areas. Certainly it caved to the fracking industry under Obama... But in some things it seemed helpful.
But the fact is we are all exposed to all sorts of toxic chemicals and pesticides that we shouldn't be, and those chemicals wouldn't be allowed at all if the EPA was doing was it's supposed to do. I knew things were bad going into reading this book, but the actual reality is so much worse...
Some quick points that really stuck with me:
-- Even though DDT was 'banned' / phased out in the US in the mid 1970s, it was still being put in pesticide formulations at least into the 1980s as 'inactive ingredients.' As if the lax testing and regulation of the main ingredients wasn't bad enough, this...
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