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Fed Up - The High Costs of Cheap Food (Hardcover): Dale F Slongwhite

Fed Up - The High Costs of Cheap Food (Hardcover)

Dale F Slongwhite

Series: A Florida Quincentennial Book

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One farmworker tells of the soil that would "bite" him, but that was the chemicals burning his skin. Other labourers developed lupus, asthma, diabetes, kidney failure, or suffered myriad symptoms with no clear diagnosis. Some miscarried or had children with genetic defects while others developed cancer. In Fed Up, Dale Slongwhite collects the nearly inconceivable and chilling oral histories of African American farmworkers whose lives, and those of their families, were forever altered by one of the most horrific pesticide exposure incidents in United States' history. For decades, the farms around Lake Apopka, Florida's third largest lake, were sprayed with chemicals ranging from the now-banned DDT to toxaphene. Among the most productive farmlands in America, the fields were doused with organochlorine pesticides, also known as persistent organic pollutants; the once-clear waters of the lake turned pea green; birds, alligators, and fish died at alarming rates; and still the farmworkers planted, harvested, packed, and shipped produce all over the country, enduring scorching sun, snakes, rats, injuries, substandard housing, low wages, and the endocrine disruptors dropped by crop dusters. Eventually, state and federal dollars were allocated to buy out and close the farms to attempt land restoration, water clean-up, and wildlife rehabilitation. But the farmworkers became statistics, nameless casualty's history almost forgot. Here are their stories, told in their own words.

General

Imprint: University Press of Florida
Country of origin: United States
Series: A Florida Quincentennial Book
Release date: April 2014
First published: May 2014
Authors: Dale F Slongwhite
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Paper over boards / With dust jacket
Pages: 192
ISBN-13: 978-0-8130-4984-7
Categories: Books > Earth & environment > The environment > Social impact of environmental issues > General
Books > Business & Economics > Industry & industrial studies > Manufacturing industries > Food manufacturing & related industries > General
LSN: 0-8130-4984-9
Barcode: 9780813049847

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