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

by John Wargo (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
Wargo (political science, Yale), a former member of two National Academy of
Science committees researching pesticide regulations, showcases his many years
of research experience in this comprehensive work. In it he contends that
current regulations ignore the heightened sensitivity of children to pesticides.
Wargo begins his analysis by outlining the historical development of pesticide
use and regulation, including a fascinating look at the development of DDT. In
so doing, he demonstrates that pesticide regulations are firmly grounded in
midcentury science and technology. Regulations simply have not been brought up
to date with recent advances in sampling methods, cancer research, and computer
applications, with potentially disastrous consequences. Unfortunately, Wargo's
writing is stiff, overly technical, and repetitive in many areas, and statistics
are left largely unexplained to the lay reader. Consequently, most will leave
this title on the shelf and choose less authoritative but more readable works
such as Herbert L. Needleman and Philip J. Landrigan's Raising Children Toxic
Free (LJ 10/1/94). Recommended for academic libraries and strong environmental

Book Description
A leading expert in pesticide 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, says John Wargo, and he suggests
fundamental legal and scientific reforms to contain the special health risks
faced by children.

Product Details

Paperback: 402 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press; 2 edition (April 20, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0300074468



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