Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power
From tainted pet food to toxic toys, Americans can thank the successful lobbying efforts of the U.S. chemical industry for the secret ingredients in everyday products that have been linked to rising rates of infertility, endocrine system disruptions, neurological disorders, and cancer.
While the U.S. Congress stalls in the face of these dangers, the European Union has chosen to act. Strict consumer-safety regulations have forced multinationals to manufacture safer products for European consumers, while lower U.S. standards allow them to continue selling unsafe products to Americans. Schapiro's exposé shows that short of strong government action, the United States will lose not only its ability to protect citizens from environmental hazards but also, as economic priorities shift, whatever claim it has to commercial supremacy. Increasingly, products on American shelves are equated with serious health hazards, hazards that the European Union is legislating out of existence in its powerful trading bloc, a lead that even China is beginning to follow. Schapiro illustrates how the blowback from weak regulation at home carries a steep economic, as well as environmental, price.
In Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power, investigative journalist Mark Schapiro takes the reader to the front lines of global corporate and political power, where tectonic battles are being waged that will determine the physical and economic health of our children and ourselves.
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Not only did I learn about the widely untested yet ubiquitous ch... ...more
His primary point is well taken: The Bush administration's dogged determination to tear down all federal regulatory authority has only encouraged the E... ...more
Mark Schapiro, the chief editor for the Center for Investigative Reporting will speak tonight at the bookstore where i work (Red Hill Books on Cortland) to talk about his book Exposed which is about how the EU is going to kick the US economy's ass (already is) especially where green packaging an... ...more
Original take on muckraking the toxins, the even more pervasive toxins, in the most seemingly innocuous products.
it is a great call to arms:
if we don't follow our own guidelines toward safety and we continue to turn our backs on our health, then we are doomed in an increasingly green... ...more
I got this from the library thinking it would be along the lines of 'You know this common chemical in your shampoo/detergent/lipstick/... ...more