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Author Cranor, Carl F.
Title Legally poisoned : how the law puts us at risk from toxicants / Carl F. Cranor.
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.
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 Floor4  RA566.3 .C73 2011    IN LIBRARY
Description x, 315 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-305) and index.
Contents Nowhere to hide -- Discovering disease, dysfunction, and death by molecules -- Caveat parens: a nation at risk from contaminants -- Reckless nation : how existing laws fail to protect children -- A more prudent approach to reduce toxic invasions -- What kind of world do we want to create?
Summary Take a random walk through your life and you'll find it is awash in industrial, often toxic, chemicals. Cosmetic ingredients, industrial chemicals, pesticides, and other compounds enter our bodies and remain briefly, or permanently. Far too many suspected toxic hazards are unleashed every day that affect the development and function of our brain, immune system, reproductive organs, or hormones. But no public health law requires product testing of most chemical compounds before they enter the market. If products are deemed dangerous, toxicants must be forcibly reduced or removed, but only after harm has been done. In this scientific legal analysis, the author argues that just as pharmaceuticals and pesticides cannot be sold without pre-market testing, other chemical products should be subject to the same safety measures. He shows, in detail, what risks we run, and that it is entirely possible to design a less dangerous commercial world. -- From publisher description.
Subject Environmental health -- Government policy -- United States.
Environmental toxicology.
Pollution -- Law and legislation -- United States.
ISBN 0674049705 (alk. paper)
9780674049703 (alk. paper)
9780674058927 (e-book)
0674058925 (e-book)
OCLC number 643443254