Join journalists Alice and Phillip Shabecoff, authors of, Poisoned Profits, for a shocking look at how their landmark investigation has linked industrial toxins to the current rise in childhood disease and death. They will speak on Thursday, December 11 at 7:30 pm. Their eye-opening findings and indisputable data show how our country values profits over children’s health and reveal that baby boomers’ children, the first to be raised in a “toxified” world, have higher rates of birth defects, asthma, cancer, autism and other serious illnesses than previous generations. The Shabecoffs cite case histories such as Port Neches, Texas, where so many graduates of a high school near synthetic rubber and chemical plants contracted cancer that the school was nicknamed “Leukemia High.” Their evidence also shows how our homes are infested with countless dangerous and harmful toxins such as flame retardants in crib mattresses, harmful plastics in teething rings and antibiotics and arsenic in chicken; additives that are absorbed by vulnerable children, pregnant women and others. The problems are compounded by investigations that are sabotaged by chemical corporations and the government’s refusal to police them. The book also contains hopeful information on grassroots parents’ groups that are pressuring politicians, “green chemistry” that is being practiced in labs and includes helpful tips on reducing risks to children through their diets, play and how concerned parents can reduce toxins in their homes. Philip Shabecoff was the chief environmental correspondent for The New York Times for fourteen years. He founded and published Greenwire, an online daily digest of environmental news. He has appeared on, among others, Meet the Press, Face the Nation, CNN News, NPR and the BBC. He was selected as one of the “Global 500” by the United Nations’ Environmental Program for his environmental writing. Alice Shabecoff is a freelance journalist focusing on family and consumer topics. Her work has appeared in, among other publications, The New York Times, The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune. She was executive director of the National Consumers League, the country’s oldest consumer organization. (NewtonFreeLibrary)
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