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Stan Cox, scientifically accomplished and politically astute, casts a sharp ...

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Cox's revelatory book is a Silent Spring for the 21st ...

(Jeffrey St. Clair, Counterpunch)

The book is a short, readable activists crib which ranges ...

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Cox’s revelatory book is a Silent Spring for the 21st ...

(Jeffrey St. Clair, editor, CounterPunch,)

A radical treatment proposal, to be sure, but the diagnosis ...

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This important book brings home the systemic connections between agriculture, ...

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At the cusp of total ecological collapse, we stand in ...

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Cox’s discussion ... might alarm even experts in disaster, providing ...

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Stan Cox guides us through the chicanery and lies on ...

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Sick Planet
Corporate Food and Medicine

Product Description

Neoliberals often point to improvements in public health and nutrition as examples of globalisation's success, but this book argues that the corporate food and medicine industries are destroying environments and ruining living conditions across the world.

Scientist Stan Cox expertly draws out the strong link between Western big business and environmental destruction. This is a shocking account of the huge damage that drug manufacturers and large food corporations are inflicting on the health of people and crops worldwide. Companies discussed include Wal-Mart, GlaxoSmithKline, Tyson Foods and Monsanto. On issues ranging from the poisoning of water supplies in South Asia to natural gas depletion and how it threatens global food supplies, Cox shows how the demand for profits is always put above the public interest.

While individual efforts to "shop for a better world" and conserve energy are laudable, Cox explains that they need to be accompanied by an economic system that is grounded in ecological sustainability if we are to find a cure for our Sick Planet.

About The Author

Stan Cox is a senior scientist at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. He worked for the US Department of Agriculture from 1984 to 1996 and has a Ph.D. in plant genetics.

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