Fateful Harvest (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Oct 13, 2009 - Science - 336 pages
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I see soil in a new light, and I wonder about my own lawn and garden. What have I sprinkled on my backyard? Is somebody using my home, my food, to recycle toxic waste? It seems unbelievable, outlandish -- but what if it's true?

A riveting expose, Fateful Harvest tells the story of Patty Martin -- the mayor of a small Washington town called Quincy -- who discovers American industries are dumping toxic waste into farmers' fields and home gardens by labeling it "fertilizer." She becomes outraged at the failed crops, sick horses, and rare diseases in her town, as well as the threats to her children's health. Yet, when she blows the whistle on a nationwide problem, Patty Martin is nearly run out of town.

Duff Wilson, whose Seattle Times series on this story was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, provides the definitive account of a new and alarming environmental scandal. Fateful Harvest is a gripping study of corruption and courage, of recklessness and reckoning. It is a story that speaks to the greatest fears -- and ultimate hope -- in us all.

  

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Review: Fateful Harvest: The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret

User Review  - Meghan - Goodreads

This book is a must read for anyone who farms, keeps livestock, or grocery shops. Really, this is a must read for anyone who eats. The premise: toxic waste full of heavy metals is being recycled into ... Read full review

Review: Fateful Harvest: The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret

User Review  - Starr - Goodreads

Frightening true story of a few farmers and a tireless woman who try to expose the use of hazardous waste as "fertilizers". I'd like to do some followup to see if this is still a legal practice. Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
SmallTown Stories
9
Suspicions
56
Connections
93
Digging
113
Lead in Your French Fries?
127
Chapter6 The Magic Silo
149
Power and Proof
188
Fear in the Fields
226
Lawyers and Losses
257
Epilogue
269
Acknowledgments
275
Notes
277
Index
309
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About the author (2009)

Duff Wilson is a reporter at the Seattle Times. His work has been awarded a Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from Harvard University and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He lives near Seattle with his wife and two children.

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