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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FATEFUL HARVEST: The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret

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Have some lead with your french fries? Seattle Times reporter Wilson delivers a crackerjack investigative report on the toxic wastes in the fertilizer that helps grow the food on your table.This story ... Read full review

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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

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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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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