Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick

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New Press, The, 9 dec. 2014 - 480 pagina's
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Over the last thirty years, we have seen an increase in rates of cancer, neurodegenerative disease, reproductive disorders, and diabetes, particularly in developed countries. At the same time, since the end of World War II approximately 100,000 synthetic chemical molecules have invaded our environment—and our food chain. In Our Daily Poison, award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin investigates the links between these two concerning trends, revealing how corporate interests and our ignorance about these invisible poisons may be costing us our lives.

The result of a rigorous two-year-long investigation that took Robin across three continents (North America, Europe, and Asia), Our Daily Poison documents the many ways in which we encounter a shocking array of chemicals in our everyday lives—from the pesticides that blanket our crops to the additives and plastics that contaminate our food—and their effects on our bodies over time. Gathering as evidence scientific studies, testimonies of international regulatory agencies, and interviews with farm workers suffering from acute chronic poisoning, Robin makes a compelling case for outrage and action.
 

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Introduction
1
1 The Ruffec Appeal and the Battle of Paul François
9
2 Chemical Weapons Recycled for Agriculture
24
3 Elixirs of Death
37
4 Ill from Pesticides
56
Consistent Studies
71
6 The Unstoppable Rise of Pesticides and Neurodegenerative Diseases
87
7 The Sinister Side of Progress
107
12 The Colossal Scientific Masquerade Behind Poisons Acceptable Daily Intakes
207
13 The Unsolvable Conundrum of Maximum Residue Limits
230
How Industry Is Pulling the Strings
256
15 The Dangers of Aspartame and the Silence of Public Authorities
270
Is the Human Species in Danger?
295
The Perfect Model?
316
A Pandoras Box
331
19 The Cocktail Effect
360

8 Industry Lays Down the Law
125
9 Mercenaries of Science
141
10 Institutional Lies
156
11 An Epidemic of Chronic Diseases
178
Conclusion
379
Notes
389
Index
451
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Marie-Monique Robin is an award-winning French journalist and filmmaker. She received the 1995 Albert–Londres Prize, awarded to investigative journalists in France. The author of The World According to Monsanto (The New Press), she lives outside Paris. Allison Schein holds master's degrees in French language and civilization and French-English literary translation from New York University. She lives in New York City. Lara Vergnaud holds a graduate diploma in specialized English-French translation from the University of Lyon 2 in France and a master's degree in French-English literary translation from New York University. She lives in New York City.

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