Imagine walking into a restaurant and finding chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides, or neonicotinoid insecticides listed in the description of your entree. They may not be printed in the menu, but many are in your food.These are a few of the literally millions of pounds of approved synthetic substances dumped into the environment every day, not just in the US but around the world. They seep into our water supply, are carried thousands of miles by wind and rain from the site of application, remain potent long after they are deposited, and constitute, in the words of one scientist, "biologic death bombs with a delayed time fuse and which may prove to be, in the long run, as dangerous to the existence of mankind as the arsenal of atom bombs". All of these poisons are sanctioned--or in some cases, ignored--by the EPA.
For 25 years E.G. Vallianatos saw the EPA from the inside, with rising dismay over how pressure from politicians and threats from huge corporations were turning the it from the public's watchdog into a "polluter's protection agency." Based on his own experience, the testimony of colleagues, and hundreds of documents Vallianatos collected inside the EPA, Poison Spring reveals how the agency has continually reinforced the chemical-industrial complex.
Writing with acclaimed environmental journalist McKay Jenkins, E.G. Vallianatos provides a devastating expos of how the agency created to protect Americans and our environment has betrayed its mission. Half a century after after Rachel Carson's Silent Spring awakened us to the dangers of pesticides, we are poisoning our lands and waters with more toxic chemicals than ever.
Editors Select, April 2014 - E.G. Vallianatos, writing with journalist McKay Jenkins, shares his insider knowledge of the Environmental Protection Agency – his employer for 25 years – in this horrifying yet important listen, Poison Spring. Vallianatos’ account of the deep-rooted corruption at the EPA, and the alarming number of poisons we ingest as a result of said corruption, genuinely frightened me. Outdated laws, an incredibly low number of test labs, and politicians (as well as the people who finance their campaigns) all contribute to an EPA whose interests no longer align with the health and welfare of the American people. Vallianatos advocates for a politically neutral EPA and smaller farms that promote safe agricultural practices as the path to a healthier future. Narrator Michael McConnahie delivers this message with the gravity and authority it deserves. Katie, Audible Editor
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