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

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Harper Collins, 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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Based on a series of articles in the Seattle Times, this is a timely and chilling look at the way corporate polluters evade government toxic-waste laws and how waste from steel mills, power plants ... Read full review

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I recently watched "The Davinci Code" and loved it. My mother thought it was awful because it appeared to be revealing new depths to the truths she believes in, and she knew the story was not truthful. I didn't care, I was entertained.
If you wish to be entertained, this is a great attempt to imitate Erin Brokovitch. But dont take this to be the truth. I was involved close enough to ground level with this story to know for certain that its entertainment value far surpasses its accuracy, or scientific integrity.
However, its never a bad thing for big industry to be reminded of their environmental responsibilities, and occasionally be forced to defend their actions. The overall impact of this book was positive in that it spotlighted many important issues regarding environment and nutrition, however it did a lot of unrepairable damage to the consumers perceptions about the safety of their food supply, and the environment they live in. Unfairly based on information that was proven to wrong. Sensationalism and conspiracy theory sells books, and creates fear which creates demand for less nutritious organic food. Shameful!


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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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