Our Daily Poison
Translated by Allison Schein and Lara Vergnaud
The New Press, 2014
From Pesticides to Packaging: How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick
Over the past 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 alarming trends, revealing how corporate interests and our ignorance may be costing us our lives.
The result of a rigorous two-year investigation that took Robin across 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 farmworkers suffering from acute chronic poisoning, Robin makes a compelling case for action.
Marie-Monique Robin is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. She received the 1995 Albert-Londres Prize, awarded to investigative journalists in France.
“Terrifying . . . [Robin] conducts her investigation with an Olympian calm and reveals deep structural problems.”
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