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Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

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Imagine walking into a restaurant and finding chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides, or neonicotinoid insecticides listed in the description of your entree. They may not be printed in the menu, but many are in your food.

These are a few of the literally millions of pounds of approved synthetic substances dumped into the environment every day, not just in the US but around the
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Bloomsbury Press
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Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another distressing but well done book by a former EPA employee. It touches upon pollution of water and air, but primarily pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals used on farms and in homes, on lawns and in forests.

As if that alone is not enough to scare us, the dealings of the EPA, which has the legal and sacred responsibility of safeguarding our health and the health of the natural world, has failed us all miserably and consistently, using fraudulent science, suppressing the truth and usin
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Who is the EPA really protecting? That terrifying notion is the focus of this book, written in the ongoing tradition of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Vallianatos' Poison Spring brings to light a concerning amount of cases in which the institution created to protect the environment, and the humans that subsist off of it, does the opposite.

I felt the author did a fantastic job setting up the book for those not familiar with exactly what the EPA does or how it works. He also makes a very clear di
how did the epa go from regulator and watch dog to polluters protection agency?
yes, you guessed it, fat cat capitalists and their dogs the pols.
you like that malathion with your salad, hmmmmm?
heartbreaking read.
has interesting, shoot, exhaustive end notes and usable index.
Jenny Boyce
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it

I found this book to be incredibly informative and fascinating.

This book touches on a wide variety of topics all relating to the EPA and the poisons that they allow crops to be sprayed with. The author does a good job of including a varied assortment of materials, ranging from DDT (a commonly talked about toxin) to the effects these poisons have on honeybees (a somewhat uncommon topic). Although each chapter was relating to a different topic, every chapte
Harvey Smith
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh boy, after reading this book I am now aware of how many chemicals we all imbibe, and have in our systems. As a result of an EPA that in essence is a toothless tiger. You'd think that the EPA would be on top of things...they ARE NOT. They've been politically bought and sold to the chemical companies who are in it just to make the money.

Small wonder we have so much cancer, and dementia diseases these days. We've been exposed to massive amounts of disease causing chemicals.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's difficult reading about the cases presented that the EPA has somewhat "ignored"... maybe not the EPA, but the government and US. I'm feeling much more informed and MUCH more encouraged to support only ORGANIC! ...more
Rob S
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, science
Consider for a moment all of the food that you eat, the water that you drink, the air that you breathe, and everything else in between. Typically, people like not dropping dead from a meal, having their pregnancies become miscarriages, or getting cancer due to consuming something that could kill an elephant. Thankfully, we have the Environmental Protection Agency to look out for us, after all, protection's in their name! Now, what if I told you that the EPA was the poster child for regulatory ca ...more
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The Earth on Fire

The Greeks thought the Earth was the oldest of the gods. Demeter, sister of Zeus, was the closest of the Olympian deities that resembled Gaia (Earth). Every fall the Athenians sponsored the Eleusinian Mysteries in Eleusis, a small polis near Athens. Greeks from all over the Greek world participated in the Eleusinian celebration of Demeter, goddess of wheat and agriculture. Those who entered the place of worship took
Chris Demer
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fairly terrifying book by a scientist who worked for the EPA for 25 years and witnessed the described events, eventually becoming a whistle blower. The book is very well documented.

In devastating detail, he recounts the slide of an agency that supposedly protects the environment and people (and animals and plants) that live in it, into basically a rubber stamp for the corporations that produce the pollutants.

Over the many years he worked for the EPA, Vallianatos saw the decreasing inf
Jim Kahn
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Possibly too depressing to actually read, Poison Spring details how thoroughly neutered our EPA by the triple combination of regulatory capture, underfunding, and the vast funding provided in opposition by chemical producing corporate lobbyists.

The result is a deluge of untested, barely tested, company only tested, tested-and-proven-dangerous-but-oh-well chemicals into our environment which have real and measurable detrimental effects on individual lives. While there are a small number of victor
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading this, will never use pest control beyond vinegar inside the house, and think long and hard before ever using weed killer again...the alliance of toothless government and greedy chemical companies no doubt is behind today's weird health problems, even as the food industry is destroying the world's metabolism ...more
victor harris
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
The author is an ex-EPA employee who reveals how the agency serves its masters in the chemical industry and Congress to imperil America's health and environment. Informative but very technical discussion of toxic chemicals that do not meet safety standards. ...more
Victoria Haf
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Deprimente pero informativo, todos estamos contaminados y estamos matando el mundo con la complicidad de las empresas y los gobiernos que viven en una burbuja de dinero que les hace pensar que viven en otro planeta :(
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yikes, don't read this if you're having trouble falling asleep. Consumer ignorance is toxic bliss. I'm going to stick with fiction for a while. ...more
Aug 31, 2019 added it
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I read the first 1/3 of this and got sidetracked by books more relevant to my work, but it is a pretty damning expose of a 1984-type administration whose purpose has been undermined by corruption by industry lobbyists and cozy cronyism.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elena Sands
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
_____This book is a must-read for anyone who is concerned about the environment, biodiversity, sustainable farming practices, pollution, the safety of pesticides and the nature of corruption in our government. The book is sometimes infuriating and has changed the way I look at the EPA, the FDA, and Mosanto, to name only a few. Also, I now try to buy organic as much as possible.
_____Our government has been bought and sold by corporations who seek only profit at the expense of consumer safety. All
Jennifer Kay
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
"E.G. Vallianatos' complaints about the heavy influence that large corporations wield over the U.S. government and environmental policy won't be news to anyone who follows the debates over genetically modified crops or the ingredients in popular cosmetics. What is surprising and depressing in "Poison Spring," however, is when that influence began, especially over the regulation of pesticides. ..."

Read more of my review of "Poison Spring" for The Associated Press here:
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"Half a century after after Rachel Carson's Silent Spring awakened us to the dangers of pesticides, we are poisoning our lands and waters with more toxic chemicals than ever."

16210 ##+%+% bbriefing Political Insurgency on the Left & Right; An EPA Whistleblower on the Flint Cover-Up; SCOTUS Sides With the Polluters.mp3
Feb 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Toxic payoffs, agent orange, pesticides, endocrine disruptors, questions about, and possible violations of ethics. Major corporations involved in shady cover ups, their influence in the E.P.A. and how they try to own it. Miscarriages and birth defects, not very encouraging and downright depressing. But the truth and the 'dirt' are documented. Time to move on. ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent unknown information and how the public knew over the past 70 years they continually want to kill off insects
Everyone needs to read this book. Whatever happened to serving the people ?
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