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Stan Cox, scientifically accomplished and politically astute, casts a sharp eye on the deadly affliction that threatens our planet, and identifies the penetration of capital into all aspects of life as the pathogen. Cox convincingly shows that only a radical attack on the roots of this disease can reverse the slide of our civilization into oblivion. -- Joel Kovel, author of The Enemy of Nature Cox's revelatory book is a Silent Spring for the 21st century. He skillfully charts the intersections between the medical industry and the chemical agriculture industry. ... There are villains aplenty in this compact book, but they are merely fangs in a rampaging global economic machine that is steadily devouring the life-forms of the earth in the pursuit of the bottom line -- Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch The book is a short, readable activists crib which ranges fluently across the environmental costs of bloated corporate health-care (and the human costs of overprescription and phoney medicalization), to the problem of industrial agriculture and "better living through chemistry. -- Sam Urquhart, Guerrilla News Network Cox's revelatory book is a Silent Spring for the 21st century -- Jeffrey St. Clair, editor, CounterPunch, author, Born Under a Bad Sky A radical treatment proposal, to be sure, but the diagnosis is sobering -- The Guardian This important book brings home the systemic connections between agriculture, pharmaceutical drugs and health. Cox does not propose any easy solutions but his diagnosis is compelling and well worth reflecting on. -- The Scientific and Medical Network At the cusp of total ecological collapse, we stand in need of a corrective dose of 'radical' economics if we're to turn our ship around. ... His book ranges fluently across the environmental costs of bloated corporate healthcare ... , to the problem of industrial agriculture and 'better living through chemistry.' -- Sam Urquhart, GNN.TV Cox's discussion ... might alarm even experts in disaster, providing worthy reminders that the ecological plagues currently making headlines are just the tip of the (melting) iceberg. -- The Texas Observer Stan Cox guides us through the chicanery and lies on which modern agricultural and pharmaceutical capitalism depend, and gives us not only a stunning indictment of our modern food and drug system, but the analytical vision to move beyond it. -- Raj Patel, author, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

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Stan Cox is a senior scientist at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. He worked for the US Department of Agriculture from 1984 to 1996 and has a Ph.D. in plant genetics.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745327400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745327402
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,829,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steve T. Soderstrom on February 18, 2013
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This book is full of information you won't find anywhere else. You will learn how purchase you make are unhealthy for other people. And you'll learn how the entire U.S. is unhealthy. 4% of hospitalizations are cause by overmedicating.
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After reading this book I was very concerned. It sounded a bit radical. Then the news began to reflect the ideas from the book. Very prescient warning, well written and easy to follow arguments backed with data. Read and expand your horizons, Earth needs more people to read this book.
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Fortunately there are still writers out there, like Stan Cox, who are wickedly, brutally sane.
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