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Pesticides: A Toxic Time Bomb in Our Midst

by Marvin J. Levine (Author)



Editorial Reviews

Review
The objective of this well-researched and well-documented book is to alarm
readers and to move citizens and decision-makers to action. "Green" and
"organic" advocates will love it. Levine describes practically everything
negative that pesticides are capable of doing, whether on farms, at home, or in
schools....This book will have served its purpose if it prompts readers to
further examine pesticides closely, and to use them judiciously. Humankind has
invented and embraced this type of technology and must use it wisely, in the
same way it makes use of household tools, vehicles, and medications. Summing Up:
Recommended. All levels.

[A] well-written and informative book about a relatively little known area of
expertise for most physicians--chemicals in the environment and their impact on
health....Levine has written a pragmatic book for physicians, health workers,
and the general public....This book is an interesting and well-written volume
that should be useful in providing an up-to-date introduction to pesticides from
a variety of aspects, ranging from objective scientific principles to subjective
policy directives.Journal of the American Medical Association

Pesticide exposure has long been a danger and studies have documented dangers
to all levels of society, but what makes Pesticides: A Toxic Time Bomb in Our
Midst so important for any college-level collection strong in health, safety,
and agriculture as well as social issues is its comprehensive examination of
pesticide use, its effects, and alternatives to pesticides. Insights on applied
agricultural uses of pesticides and how people are exposed primarily in the home
accompany charts of statistics and heavily footnoted references in an invaluable
guide highly recommended for any collection strong in environmental awareness,
safety, and social issues.The Bookwatch

Levine reviews the scope and nature of the pesticide dangers. Individual
chapters explore pesticides in agriculture; pesticides in food; pesticides in
homes, lawns, and gardens; pesticides in the air, water, and soil; and
international trade in pesticides. In addition to describing pesticide use and
their dangers to human and environmental health, he considers alternatives to
pesticide use and strategies for mitigating pesticide harms.SciTech Book News

Give your neighbor a book about the dangers of pesticides. One of the best new
releases: Pesticides: A Toxic Time Bomb in Our Midst.Alternative Medicine

Product Description
Pesticide exposure has long been a cause for concern, and with good reason.
Studies have shown that all persons, but especially children, pregnant women,
farmers, farmworkers, and the elderly, may experience negative health effects
from pesticide exposure. These effects may include acute poisoning, cancer,
neurological damage, birth defects, reduced sperm count, suppressed immune
systems, and reproductive and developmental harm. This book is a comprehensive
examination of pesticide use, pesticide harm, and alternatives to harmful
pesticides. Levine highlights the role of farming, because a substantial
majority--70 percent or more annually--of pesticides are applied in agricultural
uses, thereby making their way into the food chain and into the water supply.
More than 20 types of pesticides have been detected in U.S. groundwater, and it
is believed that nearly 100 have the potential to invade our municipal water
systems. Some level of pesticide contamination has been detected in every state,
in both urban and agricultural areas. Outside of agriculture, people are exposed
to pesticides primarily in the home. Approximately 90 percent of all households
in the nation use pesticides, and the number and concentration of these agents
indoors has been shown to be greater than outdoors. Given that Americans now
spend nearly 90 percent of each day indoors, this is an issue of real concern.
In addition to homes, suburban and rural corporate parks are also affected.
Schools are another worrisome venue. In too many of our 110,000 school
districts, untrained persons are making critical decisions about the use of
pesticides in school buildings and on school grounds. No other book currently
examines this issue in such breadth and depth.

Product Details

Hardcover: 264 pages
Publisher: Praeger Publishers; 1 edition (March 30, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 027599127X

 

 

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