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The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in our Food and Drugs (ALA Notable Children's Books. Older Readers) Hardcover – Illustrated, October 15, 2019
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-- The Washington Post
★ "(A) fascinating, stomach-churning account of Harvey Washington Wiley’s crusade for food safety standards and regulation in the U.S. Vintage ads, product labels, newspaper headlines, cartoons, and photographs offer a visual feast for readers, who will be so engrossed in the stories of unconscionable products and unwitting victims that they won’t realize they’re imbibing a powerful lesson in food safety and the evolution of today’s FDA. Extensive source notes and resources are icing on the cake." -- Booklist, starred review
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★ "Jarrow vivaciously draws readers into a world of horrors hiding in plain taste. Maintaining a matter-of-fact, conversational tone throughout, she presents a tantalizing flood of anecdotes and facts, text peppered with old magazine adverts, photographs, and gory details aplenty; extensive backmatter encourages further research into a subject more than fascinating enough to warrant it. Revolting and riveting in turns, Jarrow's masterfully crafted narrative will fundamentally alter how readers view their food. Though laced with toxins, this is anything but toxic." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "A provocative... riveting chronicle... (i)n gripping, relatable language... this easy-to-read work (is) a fine classroom resource and an excellent addition to any collection. " -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
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About the Author
- Publisher : Calkins Creek; Illustrated edition (October 15, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1629794384
- ISBN-13 : 978-1629794389
- Reading age : 10 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : 1020L
- Grade level : 5 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.81 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.38 x 0.69 x 10.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #326,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is at the end of chapter one, a chapter full of facts about what people used to put in their bodies! Yikes!
Moving from farming and growing your own food to relying on business for food opened people up to the unscrupulous industry. Adulteration occurred, adding cheaper materials or disguised rotten ingredients to appear, and smell, fresh. Talc, paraffin, and ground marble were just a few! Opium, morphine, and cocaine in medicines, even children’s cough syrups! Radium in others! And the special formula for Coca-Cola had cocaine in it until 1903!
Human guinea pigs? Poison eaters? WTF??? "The Poison Squads were more than several dozen young men brave enough to 'eat the fare'."
Dr. Harvey Wiley tried to fight the food industry, but politics, and the big money behind it, would not heed his warnings. It's a horrible, true story, and though it is written for young readers, everyone should read this, regardless of age! Especially during this time of the Trump administration, and its constant dismantling of regulatory agencies. He could put us back as poison eaters easily, and I'm sure he would, if the price was right! Big business, and 'men' like Trump, rarely do the right thing because it's the right thing. They do what's profitable. This book makes that point crystal clear!
p.s. - LOVE the cover skull and "crossbones"!