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Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA Hardcover – April 8, 2014
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“Makes a solid, damning case against putting political appointees in charge of a regulatory agency, as well as corporate claims about product safety. Poison Spring is Vallianatos' call to arms, urging American consumers to hold their government accountable for policies that protect and reward polluters.” ―Associated Press
“An alarming, comprehensive account of a 'fatally compromised' EPA mission crippled by bad enforcement practices and numerous corrupting influences.” ―Publishers Weekly, (starred review)
“In this riveting indictment, Vallianatos and Jenkins valiantly divulge the blinding greed and unfathomable stupidity behind the unconscionable lies and travesties―assaults against the very fabric of life. A resounding call for genuine and sustained environmental responsibility.” ―Booklist, starred review
“Like biologist Rachel Carson, Vallianatos, former staff scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Jenkins sound the alarm about toxins in common use…An indictment that implicates pesticides in wildlife and livestock die-offs, as well as in human maladies and deaths.” ―Library Journal
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Like the pill culture in medicine, Big Chem has us using insecticides when simple crop rotation would do. (In 1954, before the chemical supermarket, we became smart enough to hold losses from insects to 10%.) When one doesn't work well, we try another, and the bigger the farm, the more insecticide per acre, year in year out. This is blind reductionism - "There is a tragic lack of holistic thinking in the agriculture establishment."
Having spent 25 years at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Vallianatos is telling all. How the agency is there specifically and only to accommodate Big Chem, with which it always sides against consumers, farmers, and its own scientists. How EPA scientists who try to do real science are transferred out, hounded out, or fired. How the government continually cuts EPA back, to the point of requiring it to shut down labs and actually destroy all the documentation in them. How industry provides EPA's data, edits its documents, and cripples its regulations, when they don't ignore them outright.Read more ›
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THIS IS SHOCKING! I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS SO BAD. THE EPA IS NOT PROTECTING US, IT'S PROTECTING THE POLLUTERS AND BIG CHEMICAL COMPANIES. EVERYONE IS BEING POISONED IN SO MANY WAYS. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Russell Dobkins
A very enlightening book! Evidently the 'protection' word in EPA is a misnomer. The agency's lack of concern for the well-being of people and the environment has enabled this... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Avid reader
This is a MUST READ book for anyone who is a critical thinker and commonly posts about climate and environment issues and wants to really know what your talking about, rather than... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rollin G. Shultz
I am having a hard time reading this book. Not because it's written poorly, or anything like that. I'm having a hard time because it's angering me. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andrea
Loved it .. Must Read , if you really want the truth about our food And so much more..Published 15 months ago by Penny kovarik
Without a doubt one of the most riveting accounts of government run amok I'm ever read. What is particularly scary and inciting is this governmental agency is looking out for Big... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Barb Price
The public and the scientific community have a lot to learn from this alarming book and the lessons are critical and urgent for our future health and environment.Published 16 months ago by Paul