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Our Children's Toxic Legacy: How Science and Law Fail to Protect Us from Pesticides

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During this century, hundreds of billions of pounds of pesticides have been released to the global environment. How are we exposed to them? What can we do to protect ourselves? In this extraordinary analysis, John Wargo, one of the nation's leading experts in pesticide policy, traces the history of pesticide law and science, with a focus on the special hazards faced by children.By 1969, nearly 60,000 separate pesticide products were registered for use by the U.S. government, each with the expectation that pesticides could be used safely, that they quickly broke down into harmless substances, or that dangerous levels of exposure could be accurately predicted and somehow avoided. Faith in these assumptions was gradually eroded as experts grew to understand the persistence, movement, and toxicity of the chemicals involved. Nevertheless, government continues to hold the discretion to balance risks against economic benefits in its licensing decisions. The underlying legal strategy, Wargo claims, has been one that places extraordinary faith in government's ability to somehow ensure that only safe levels of contamination and exposure occur. And the effect has been systematic neglect of those exposures and risks faced by children.Wargo presents a compelling case that children are more heavily exposed to some pesticides than adults and are especially vulnerable to some adverse effects. How should the fractured body of environmental law be repaired to manage the distribution of risk? This is the central question Wargo addresses as he suggests fundamental reforms of science and law necessary to understand and contain the health risks faced by children.

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A leading expert in environmental policy traces the history of pesticide law and science and arrives at the alarming conclusion that we have failed to protect ourselves, and especially our children, from pesticide contamination of food, soil, water, and air. Our faith in government's ability to ensure only safe levels of exposure to pesticides is unfounded, despite the passage of the 1996 Food Quality. Protection Act, says John Wargo. He suggests that more fundamental legal and scientific reforms are needed to contain the special health risks faced by children. This edition is revised to include the author's reflections on the recent changes in legislation.<P>"Wargo's book is rigorous, extensively argued and documented, and examines divergent perspectives with great care.... He has produced a 'Silent Spring' for the 90s". — Steve Heilig, San Francisco Chronicle<P>"An exceptionally important book, with forceful arguments based on carefully compiled evidence. Wargo is unfailingly informative and thoughtful". — Daniel J. Kevles, New York Review of Books<P>"The book is as much a guide to future controversies as it is a document of controversies now supposedly ended". — Robert Hunt Sprinkle, Journal of the American Medical Association<P>"In this book John Wargo persuasively argues that a full-scale overhaul of the regulation and management of pesticides and other toxic chemicals in the United States is badly needed". — Gary Lee, Washington Post Book World

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-379) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300074468
Author:
Wargo, John
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven :
Subject:
Public Health
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Toxicology
Subject:
Environmental protection
Subject:
Environmental aspects
Subject:
Pesticides
Subject:
Pesticides -- Environmental aspects.
Subject:
Children -- Health risk assessment.
Subject:
Pesticides -- Law and legislation.
Subject:
Pesticides -- Toxicology.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 b/w illus.
Pages:
402
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.3 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A leading expert in environmental policy traces the history of pesticide law and science and arrives at the alarming conclusion that we have failed to protect ourselves, and especially our children, from pesticide contamination of food, soil, water, and air. Our faith in government's ability to ensure only safe levels of exposure to pesticides is unfounded, despite the passage of the 1996 Food Quality. Protection Act, says John Wargo. He suggests that more fundamental legal and scientific reforms are needed to contain the special health risks faced by children. This edition is revised to include the author's reflections on the recent changes in legislation.<P>"Wargo's book is rigorous, extensively argued and documented, and examines divergent perspectives with great care.... He has produced a 'Silent Spring' for the 90s". — Steve Heilig, San Francisco Chronicle<P>"An exceptionally important book, with forceful arguments based on carefully compiled evidence. Wargo is unfailingly informative and thoughtful". — Daniel J. Kevles, New York Review of Books<P>"The book is as much a guide to future controversies as it is a document of controversies now supposedly ended". — Robert Hunt Sprinkle, Journal of the American Medical Association<P>"In this book John Wargo persuasively argues that a full-scale overhaul of the regulation and management of pesticides and other toxic chemicals in the United States is badly needed". — Gary Lee, Washington Post Book World
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