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Fateful Harvest

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Quincy, Washington, had been a sleepy northwestern farming town until its rest is disturbed by a shocking secret beneath its once-fertile fields: chemical manufacturers are disposing of leftover toxic waste by selling it to unsuspecting farmers as fertilizer. The tainted fertilizer — containing arsenic and cadmium, lead and dioxins-is believed to be destroying crops, sickening animals, and endangering the nation's food supply. And owing to a gaping regulatory loophole, it is completely legal.

Up against the secrecy and greed of powerful corporations, a local lifelong tomboy and mother of four will make an impassioned stand. Patty Martin begins a fateful journey that will lead to her election as mayor, but also invite the resentment of most of her neighbors for daring to confront the industry that has been Quincy's lifeblood. Martin is joined by a small number of brave farmers who bring ingenuity, outrage, and an investigative reporter to the fight against seemingly insurmountable odds to expose the truth. They learn that toxic waste is turned into fertilizer around the world, spread on food-growing land, absorbed by plants, and, ultimately, consumed by all of us.

Duff Wilson, whose Seattle Times series on this story was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, here provides the definitive account of a new and alarming environmental scandal. Fateful Harvest is a gripping study of corruption and courage, of recklessness and reckoning. It is a story that speaks to the greatest fears — and ultimate hope — in us all.

About the Author

Duff Wilson is a reporter at the Seattle Times. His work has been awarded a Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from Harvard University and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He lives near Seattle with his wife and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060193690
Subtitle:
The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret
Author:
Wilson, Duff
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Hazardous wastes
Subject:
Fertilizers
Subject:
Fertilizer industry.
Subject:
Factory and trade waste as fertilizer
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
General Current Events
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
00-6
Publication Date:
20010904
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.50x6.50x1.10 in. 1.33 lbs.

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