The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products-- Who's at Risk and What's at Stake for American PowerBook - 2007
Argues that Europe's evolving search for higher standards in consumer safety regulations places Brussels, not Washington, at the center of global market innovation which greatly impacts United States' claim to commercial supremacy.
Chelsea Green Publishing
From tainted pet food to toxic toys, Americans can thank the successful lobbying efforts of the U.S. chemical industry for the secret ingredients in everyday products that have been linked to rising rates of infertility, endocrine system disruptions, neurological disorders, and cancer.
While the U.S. Congress stalls in the face of these dangers, the European Union has chosen to act. Strict consumer-safety regulations have forced multinationals to manufacture safer products for European consumers, while lower U.S. standards allow them to continue selling unsafe products to Americans. Schapiro's exposé shows that short of strong government action, the United States will lose not only its ability to protect citizens from environmental hazards but also, as economic priorities shift, whatever claim it has to commercial supremacy. Increasingly, products on American shelves are equated with serious health hazards, hazards that the European Union is legislating out of existence in its powerful trading bloc, a lead that even China is beginning to follow. Schapiro illustrates how the blowback from weak regulation at home carries a steep economic, as well as environmental, price.
In Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power, investigative journalist Mark Schapiro takes the reader to the front lines of global corporate and political power, where tectonic battles are being waged that will determine the physical and economic health of our children and ourselves.
European Union countries have surged ahead of the U.S. in setting "greener" consumer product safety standards, and China may be next, asserts the editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco. Focusing on products including phthalate-containing plastics that may feminize boys and e- waste, Shapiro (coauthor, Circle of Poison: Pesticides and People in a Hungry World) explains the global politics and economics behind different market standards. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)