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Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power

by Mark Schapiro (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
Americans' confidence in their government-sanctioned environmental and consumer
protections receives another blow in investigative reporter Schapiro's exposé,
which explores such discomforting information as the 2005 U.S. Centers for
Disease Control tests that found 148 toxic chemicals "in the bodies of
'Americans of all ages.'" The U.S.'s unique tendency to take no action against
businesses and their products until a disaster occurs keeps them tied to 1970s
standards-"exposed to substances from which increasing numbers of people around
the world are being protected"-while "the principle of preventing harm before it
happens, even in the face of imperfect scientific certainty," guides an
increasing number of countries; by "creating legal and financial incentives,"
governments in Europe and Japan have kept citizens relatively safe from what
contributes to the deaths "of at least 5 million people a year," according to
the World Health Organization. Schapiro (co-author, with David Weir, of Circle
of Poison: Pesticides and People in a Hungry World) discovers toxins in personal
care products, toys, electronics and foods which are, in some cases,
manufactured solely for U.S. consumption, and traces them to the people and
events responsible. Though a look at growing support for change in the U.S.
provides some hope, a guide to action would have been an appropriate addition to
Schapiro's prescient muckraking.

“Listen up, American business, and save yourselves while you still can. Time and
again in his career, journalist Mark Schapiro has been years ahead of the pack
in unveiling stories that reveal the emerging global future. This time, Schapiro
shows that Europe, by taking the environmental high road, is cleaning America’s
economic clock (not to mention exposing its people to much less pollution). The
markets of the future are green. America will lose them if it doesn’t get smart,
-Mark Hertsgaard, author of Earth Odyssey and The Eagle’s Shadow

“A compelling wake-up call from deep inside the trenches. Europe is overtaking
us in environmental health and safety regulations, while Americans are being
sold out by their own government. This story desperately needs to be told, and
Mark Schapiro is just the one to tell it.”
-David Wirth, Professor of Law and Director of International Programs, Boston
College Law School

Product Details

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (September 16, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933392150



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