Pesticide Drift and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice (Food, Health, and the Environment)

Pesticide Drift and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice (Food, Health, and the Environment)

Jill Lindsey Harrison


The frequent yet nearly invisible challenge of pesticide go with the flow -- the airborne stream of agricultural insecticides into residential parts -- has fueled grassroots activism from Maine to Hawaii. Pesticide flow injuries have terrified and sickened many residing within the country's such a lot marginalized and susceptible groups. during this e-book, Jill Lindsey Harrison considers political conflicts over pesticide go with the flow in California, utilizing them to light up the wider challenge and its strength recommendations.

The incontrovertible fact that pesticide toxins and health problems linked to it disproportionately impact the bad and the powerless increases questions of environmental justice (and political injustice). regardless of California's notable checklist of environmental security, huge pesticide regulatory gear, and booming natural farming undefined, pesticide-related injuries and health problems proceed unabated. To unpack this conundrum, Harrison examines the conceptions of justice that more and more form environmental politics and unearths that California's agricultural undefined, regulators, and pesticide waft activists carry assorted, and conflicting, notions of what justice feels like.

Drawing on her personal large ethnographic examine in addition to in-depth interviews with regulators, activists, scientists, and public future health practitioners, Harrison examines the methods undefined, regulatory companies, and other kinds of activists handle pesticide glide, connecting their efforts to communitarian and libertarian conceptions of justice. The process taken via pesticide float activists, she reveals, not just evaluations theories of justice undergirding mainstream sustainable-agriculture activism, but additionally deals a wholly new suggestion of what justice potential. to unravel likely intractable environmental difficulties resembling pesticide glide, Harrison argues, we'd like a distinct form of environmental justice. She proposes the precautionary precept as a framework for successfully and justly addressing environmental inequities within the daily paintings of environmental regulatory institutions.

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