The Dioxin War

The Dioxin War : Truth and Lies About a Perfect Poison

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This is a book about Dioxin, one of the most poisonous chemicals known to humanity. It was the toxic component of Agent Orange, used by the US military to defoliate huge tracts of Vietnam during the war in the 60s and 70s. It can be found in pesticides, plastics, solvents, detergents and cosmetics. Dioxin has been revealed as a human carcinogen, and has been associated with heart disease, liver damage, hormonal disruption, reproductive disorders, developmental destruction and neurological impairment. The Dioxin War is the story of the people who fought to reveal the truth about dioxin. Huge multinationals Dow and Monsanto both manufactured Agent Orange. Robert Allen reveals the attempts by the chemical industry, in collusion with regulatory and health authorities, to cover up the true impact of dioxin on human health. He tells the remarkable story of how a small, dedicated group of people managed to bring the truth about dioxin into the public domain and into the courts - and win.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 134 x 210 x 16mm | 340.2g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745322123
  • 9780745322124
  • 2,172,381

About Robert Allen

Robert Allen is a sub-editor at The Sunday Times. He is also part of an eco-social group, An Talamh Glas, which publishes www.bluegreenearth.com, featuring media activists from across the world.show more

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[Robert Allen] employs his investigative and journalistic skills to good advantage in a well-documented indictment of the chemical companies - and top government and military officials - who 'deliberately kept secret' what they knew about a compound now acknowledged to be an insidious carcinogen. ... The Dioxin War is an exquisitely and convincingly footnoted expose of the oocorporate greed and malfeasance that unleashed dioxin on an unsuspecting world om the boom years following the Second World War. -- Vietnam Veterans of America This book reads like a detective story, but it is an uncomfortable lecture, sometimes perhaps a little too detailed, but a story that has to be told -- John Green, Morning Starshow more

Table of contents

Preface What Is Dioxin? Prologue: The Politics Of Dioxin 1. Awkward Questions: A Dioxin Spill In The Midwest 2. Heart Of Darkness: Phenoxy Herbicides, Agent Orange And The Swedish Doctors 3. Ignorance Is Bliss: The Poisoning Of Missouri 4. Toxic Shock: Deep Rumbling Sounds 5. The Epa: A Regulatory Sleazefest 6. Tears In The Valleys: Incinerator Stories Epilogue: Challenging Power And Money Dioxin Chronology Appendix: Bill Gaffey's Work Resources Indexshow more

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