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The author of (1997) interweaves musings on her first pregnancy with information on new scientific discoveries and environmental threats to child development. Steingraber (Cornell U. ) includes a list of further resources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Thirty-five years after Rachel Carson s Silent Spring warned of the impact of chemicals on the environment, Steingraber offers us an urgent critique of current thinking on cancer and its causes, bringing us the alarming message that we have wilfully ignored the evidence and are still poisoning our environment. Throughout her study of truly shocking scientific research she weaves two stories - of Rachel Carson and her battle to be heard and of her own moving story of cancer of the bladder, which she traces back to agricultural and industrial contamination. The connection between our bodies and the ecological world in which we eat, drink, breathe and work have rarely been so eloquently and passionately recorded.
Biologist and poet Steingraber has written previous books for general readers, approaching environmental issues from the perspective of family relationships: Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood and Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment. Here, she offers a conversational memoir about the environmental threats our children face. Each chapter focuses on one of the universals of childhood, such as milk, pizza, and homework, and explores the hidden social, political, and historical forces behind it. Facts and discussion are woven together with stories of her own family, with a focus on chronic childhood diseases that are linked to toxic chemical exposure, such as asthma, learning disabilities, autism, and early breast development and early puberty. Rather than giving advice about choosing different products, she charts a way out of what she calls "well-informed futility syndrome," based on a human rights framework for exploring policy solutions. Readers will find technical and scientific details in a section of full citations and detailed notes for all references in the book, along with an annotated list of websites and organizations. The author is a scholar is residence at Ithaca College. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
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