Exposed

Exposed

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

Book - 2007
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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.

Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green ; Totnes : Green [distributor], 2007.
ISBN: 9781603580588
1603580581
Branch Call Number: 363.17/SCHAPIRO
Characteristics: xiii, 216 p. ; 23 cm.

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mlb465 Feb 06, 2012

Very interesting analysis of how stricter markets around the world are shaping U.S. policy rather than the other way around. I'm surprised this book hasn't inspired both sides of the argument to want more regulation both to protect people and to prevent the U.S. from becoming completing obsolete in these policy decisions regarding toxins and questionable products. Fascinating read.

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