Trespass Against Us: Dow Chemical's Legacy of Profit and Pollution

Overview

The Dow Chemical Company has been trespassing on private property for decades and getting away withit. The trespass in this case is harmful and it is toxic. For the transgressors at issue are man-made synthetic chemicals, more than 100,000 of which have been "invented" and let loose in the world since the 1930s. Yet many of these chemicals are toxic to life and have been doing harm for years, insinuating themselves into blood, body tissue, sperm and egg. "Body burdens" of toxic chemicals are now being measured in...
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Overview

The Dow Chemical Company has been trespassing on private property for decades and getting away withit. The trespass in this case is harmful and it is toxic. For the transgressors at issue are man-made synthetic chemicals, more than 100,000 of which have been "invented" and let loose in the world since the 1930s. Yet many of these chemicals are toxic to life and have been doing harm for years, insinuating themselves into blood, body tissue, sperm and egg. "Body burdens" of toxic chemicals are now being measured in humans and wildlife all over the globe. The result is not a pretty picture: cancers, birth defects, poisoned workers, and polluted communities. The guilty parties in these transgressions, however, have not been brought to account, and they have not been stopped. To this day, "toxic trespass" continues, and it is poisoning all of us.

Trespass Against Us is a story of how one company's chemical products and byproducts have damaged, and continue to damage, public health and the environment. Known in the 1960s for producing the lethal Vietnam War defoliant, Agent Orange, and more recently for acquiring Union Carbide's still-unresolved Bhopal legacy, Dow Chemical today is a company at the manufacturing headwaters of many of the world's most problematic chemicals, including pesticides, plastics, and solvents. Dow's organochlorines have unleashed dioxins and dioxin-like compounds, among the most lethal substances on the planet. Dow pollutants and known carcinogens also continue to spew from its factories, waste dumps, and incinerators worldwide.

Trespass Against Us is a story of "invent-first-and-ask-questions-later" chemistry; of toxic and hazardous materials pushed into commerce before being fully tested; and of future generations burdened with toxic chemicals that will persist in the environment for decades. Dow's story is also about corporate power: of a company accustomed to getting its way and not above manipulating science, pushing aside safety, or spending millions in the courts and Congress to achieve its ends. Yet Trespass Against Us is also a hopeful story; an account of everyday moms and dads, Vietnam veterans and villagers, chemical workers and communities fighting back; of people standing up to power and seeking a better way. What they are saying is clear and unequivocal: no trespassing -- no more invasive toxic chemicals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567512694
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Series: Environmental Health Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 491
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Doyle is the author of several books including most recently Taken for a Ride: Detroit's Big Three and the Politics of Pollution, which Publishers Weekly called "a valuable source for partisans on all sides of the debate." He has been writing on technology, business and the environment for more than 20 years, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, Atlanta Journal Constitution, San Francisco Chronicle and many other outlets.

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Table of Contents

1 In the blood 1
2 House of wonders 21
3 Dow goes to war 51
4 Dioxin in the dark 79
5 Dowicides 105
6 "Saving" 2,4-D 131
7 Plastic 145
8 Taken to the cleaners 173
9 Rocky flats 185
10 Poisoning Canada 197
11 Dow environmentalism 221
12 Silicone 251
13 Men at work 275
14 The DBCP Saga 291
15 "Dow water" 307
16 Danger zones 329
17 Big in Texas 351
18 Trouble in New Zealand 373
19 Time & the Tittabawassee 383
20 Union Carbide 417
21 No trespassing 431
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