- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: The New Press; Reprint edition (April 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620972026
- ISBN-13: 978-1620972021
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick Reprint Edition
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[A]n enlightening and deeply disturbing account Robin’s research, facts, and writing are stellar.”
"For readers with a strong interest in environmental and public health and food safety policy, this may be one of the most important books of the year."
Powerful and timely a necessary political introduction to our world. Full of facts, stories, and wisdom.”
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Toxicologists who use a particular breed of rats for animal testing because that breed is known to be immune to the substance being tested ... and then, surprise! No toxicity is demonstrated! Selective use of lab results by regulator agencies - picking a handful that demonstrate no chemical threat while ignoring 150 that do in order to justify absurdly high limits on personal exposure. Revolving door relationships between polluters and regulatory boards. And constant excuses, justifications, double-speak and worse that cloud the obvious. Robin has literally spanned the globe for this work and a companion documentary film, with no sources ignored and no stones unturned.
Cancer rates are rocketing. Genetic problems are rampant. The future of animate life on our planet, most particularly including human beings, is demonstrably at risk.
The only shortcoming of this amazingly well-documented work, for an English reader, is that the translation from French sometimes feels a bit odd. Perhaps it's simply that the French say things differently than this American reader, with longer sentences and differing tones. This doesn't make it particularly hard to read, just a little odd.
And to add a bright note: in repeated studies every young child tested had traces of pesticides in her/his urine, but after switching to a fully organic diet, every child's urine was clear of any detectable trace. What you eat, you are.