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by E.G. Vallianatos

  • ISBN: 1608199142
  • Category: Engineering
  • Subcategory: Engineering
  • Author: E.G. Vallianatos
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 1st edition (April 8, 2014)
  • Pages: 304
  • ePub book: 1177 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
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Poison Spring: The Secret. 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.

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Poison Spring makes public a secret history of pollution in the United States. This book has emerged from my personal experience with the EPA and from information I gleaned from thousands of government documents, some of them rescued from destruction

Poison Spring makes public a secret history of pollution in the United States. The EPA is an agency with the legal, and I would say sacred, responsibility of safeguarding our health and the health of the natural world. This book has emerged from my personal experience with the EPA and from information I gleaned from thousands of government documents, some of them rescued from destruction. Before coming to Washington, I was trained in zoology (at the University of Illinois), earned a doctorate in history (from the University of Wisconsin, in 1972), and did postdoctoral studies in the history of science at Harvard.

His new book, Poison Spring: The Secret History of.During Vallianatos’s first year at EPA,1980, some . billion pounds of pesticide active ingredients.

His new book, Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, documents a culture of fraud and corruption infesting every corner and closet of the agency. billion pounds of pesticide active ingredients were applied to . food crops, a number that does not include home and garden uses, parklands, golf courses, playing fields, and municipal landscapes.

Poison Spring documents, in devastating detail, the EPA's corruption and misuse of science and public trust

Poison Spring documents, in devastating detail, the EPA's corruption and misuse of science and public trust. E. G. Vallianatos, who saw the EPA from the inside for more than two decades with rising dismay, reveals in Poison Spring how the agency has allowed our lands and waters to be poisoned with more toxic chemicals than ever.

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Academic & Professional Books Environmental & Social Studies Pollution & Remediation Effects of Contaminants. Vallianatos saw the EPA from the inside, with rising dismay over how pressure from politicians and threats from huge corporations were turning it from the public's watchdog into a "polluter's protection agency.

Book Author: Evaggelos Vallianatos with McKay Jenkins. Feynman’s warning against faith in the phony trappings of cargo cult science fell on deaf ears

Book Author: Evaggelos Vallianatos with McKay Jenkins. Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts, Richard Feynman famously declared in 1966. Poison Spring-Valllianatos. Feynman’s warning against faith in the phony trappings of cargo cult science fell on deaf ears. Policies affecting every aspect of our lives are now based on dangerous forms of ignorance. A prime case in point is the noble edifice of the . Environmental Protection Agency, where a high-ranking EPA official was recently jailed and fined for collecting pay and bonuses for decades of non-existent work while he claimed to be working elsewhere for the CIA.

In Poison Spring, authors . Vallianatos and McKay Jenkins document in the most compelling - and chilling - detail our government's reluctance to protect every day citizens rather than powerful corporations. The book stands both as an indictment and as a deeply eloquent call to action. Deborah Blum, author, The Poisoner's Handbooks: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz-Age New York " Poison Spring, an insider's look at a failed federal agency, should alarm every citizen who believes the EPA's middle name ought to mean something.

G. Vallianatos worries about chemical pollution. The story doesn't end there. Poison Spring is a serious book about a serious subject, and it is written with appropriate gravitas by a talented writer, a relentless historian and a scientist of evident integrity (with assistance from McKay Jenkins, another writer of skill and well-controlled intensity. I. It is worth observing that critiques and manifestoes which once seemed shrill sometimes appear in retrospect to be somewhat less harsh and actually rather restrained.

Writing with acclaimed environmental journalist McKay Jenkins, . Vallianatos provides a devastating exposé of how the agency created to protect Americans and our environment has betrayed its mission

Writing with acclaimed environmental journalist McKay Jenkins, . Vallianatos provides a devastating exposé of how the agency created to protect Americans and our environment has betrayed its mission. Half a century 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. ನ್ನಷ್ಟು ಓದಿ. ಕುಗ್ಗಿಸಿ. Vallianatos is the author of five books, including Harvest of Devastation and This Land is their Land, as well as over two hundred articles, including recent pieces in Alternet and.

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 twenty-five 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 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 exposé of how the agency created to protect Americans and our environment has betrayed its mission. Half a century 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.

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Arador Arador
This is a really depressing book... In recent years it's become clear just how corrupt the FDA and USDA are in protecting corporate profits over our health... But the EPA gave the impression of being actually sort of a champion of the public health in certain areas. Certainly it caved to the fracking industry under Obama... But in some things it seemed helpful.

But the fact is we are all exposed to all sorts of toxic chemicals and pesticides that we shouldn't be, and those chemicals wouldn't be allowed at all if the EPA was doing was it's supposed to do. I knew things were bad going into reading this book, but the actual reality is so much worse...

Some quick points that really stuck with me:

-- Even though DDT was 'banned' / phased out in the US in the mid 1970s, it was still being put in pesticide formulations at least into the 1980s as 'inactive ingredients.' As if the lax testing and regulation of the main ingredients wasn't bad enough, this sick loophole allows pesticide companies to call something an 'inactive ingredient' and then it's not regulated at all.

-- The image of the fake-science-for-hire lab that chemical companies were paying to produce 'science' claiming the pesticides were safe (which by the way is the only 'testing' required by the EPA). A basement filled with ravenous hungry animals being poisoned and getting out of their cages and running amok. Like some sort of horror movie...

-- There were great scientists at the EPA (and FDA for that matter) at one time. But the heads of these agencies are put there by political administrations which got their campaigns paid for by chemical and pharmaceutical companies, so that's who sets the agenda. Scientists try to do good work protecting the public and raising alarms about pesticides, GMOs, aspartame, etc, but they're knocked down / silenced by the corporate puppets heading the agencies. Eventually, the good scientists leave (or become silent if they want to keep their jobs) and the agency just becomes a mouthpiece for the chemical / pesticide / pharmaceutical industries.

Anyway, read this book to open your eyes to just how bad the situation is. And while you're at it, read Silent Spring to see how much things have 'improved' since then 1960s. Like I said, depressing. But all the more reason to fight for a less-toxic world and food supply. And just because the FDA or EPA says a toxic poison is safe, maybe do some research yourself before believing them.
Levaq Levaq
DIsheartening that our EPA is under the thumb of Monsanto, Dow etc, focused on making money for themselves at the expense of environment and our health. Dioxin is deadly, and the EPA, and manufacturers lie about it's safety. Rather than promote more natural pesticides, they promote heavier dosages! I suspect that is why GMO foods are so prevalent (soy, corn, etc), to withstand the heavier dosages. And I suspect the pesticides are killing off our bees! (along with confusing electronic waves). Govt is NOT protecting us--they are in bed with pesticide makers!
Coiriel Coiriel
This book is a vivid detailed picture of what happens when a federal agency designated to protect the US public health from pollution and toxic chemicals comes under the control of the regulated companies. This is also a book that gives a full accounting of 25 years of observation and confirmation of the toxic damages done to the American people from chemicals, pesticides, insecticides, and other toxins with the approval of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The author discusses fraudulent scientific studies produced by industries and promoted by the EPA as proof of safety. The book also implicates Congress, the Senate, and the White House as protectors of industry at the expense of human health. Scientists now know that children's IQ is dropping because of exposure to chemicals used every day by Americans; in the home, at work, at school, and at play--all approved without proof of human safety. This book should be required reading for everyone in government as well as all parents and physicians. The rise in chronic disease in adults and children can be directly linked to the billions of pounds of chemicals in our environment. The Administrator of the EPA should purchase enough "Poison Spring" books to give to every EPA employee which will shame them and hopefully change some methods of pesticide and chemical approval by using only legitimate scientific evaluation of the risks to human health---and not accepting what industry says as the truth and nothing but the truth!
Mr.Twister Mr.Twister
Mr. Vallianatos has the expertise, knowledge and experience, to be in a unique place that allows him to write this very well researched book that tells is like it is. He rings the warning bell as he exposes practices that have been going on for too long unchecked and he does not mince his words when it comes to indicating where blame lies. This book could be an instrument of change, if it is read by many people thus creating an awakening by setting the record straight and laying down the bare facts. A must read for anyone who is concerned about the environment, and the quality of human life on Earth.
Haralem Haralem
Everyone needs to read this book, especially scientists at the EPA. We need more transparency, accountability and turnover in these departments. Further, we need to change the payment model such that industry is not routinely paying the EP to pass judgment on its product. That sets up a tacit quid pro quo. We also need to vet those who work there before they're hired. Do these scientists care about protecting environmental and pubic heath? Is it a passion for them? DO they feel a civic responsibility in this regard? If not, don't hire them for this post. This isn't the "CPA"-Corporate Protection Agency. It's the ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency. Protecting the environment, not safeguarding industry interests, is it mandate. In theory, I understand the concept of 'reasonability" in setting environmental regulations, but the way this "reasonableness has been demonstrated is gross rationalization and look-the-other-way, rubber stamping of anything industry wants to do. There are sufficient examples of well-documented malfeasance in this book to foment a change in the status quo. Will that happen? No. Because the decades-long runs of top Administrators at the EPA have basically made it their mission to ensure that no regulations are ever meaningfully enforced.