Chelsea Green Publishing

Chelsea Green Blog

Poisoned for Profit: An Interview with Alice Shabecoff

Powerful, unflinching, and eminently readable, Poisoned for Profit is a wake-up call that is bound to inspire talk and force change.

In a landmark investigation that’s been compared to Silent Spring, two veteran journalists definitively show how, why, and where industrial toxins are causing rates of birth defects, asthma, cancer, and other serious illnesses to soar in children. Philip and Alice Shabecoff reveal that the children of baby boomers—the first to be raised in a truly toxified world—are the first generation to be sicker and have shorter life expectancies than their parents. The culprits, they say, are the companies that profit from producing, using, and selling toxics.

Here’s an interview with coauthor Alice Shabecoff from “Hipsqueek,” the Time Out Chicago kids’ blog:

And my reflex, living in Chicago, is to say, “We need to get out of the city.” But it’s everywhere.
Even the Inuits have toxins in their bodies. At least, with our book, we give them some way to protect their kids, and get them angry enough that they’ll start speaking out. At this point, one in three kids have a chronic illness. That is not a figure we made up. That is a cumulative figure that comes from all of the government statistics. If there are 23 million sick kids, with 23 million mothers and 46 grandmothers, we could make a difference.

The debate over what causes autism, it’s so heated and emotional. Particularly among those who believe vaccines causes it.
I hope those parents are willing to look beyond vaccines. We’re going to talk [at the panel] about what other toxins might cause autism, and it will be interesting to see if those parents are willing to work with environmental health groups outside of just autism.

Did you have concerns about weighing in on such a heated, public debate.
No. The parents are non-hostile people. The only people they attack are the people they think are downplaying the risk to their kids. But whether they’ll be as open to thinking it could be a pesticide causing autism, instead of a vaccine, we’ll find out a the conference.

With emotions so high, you have to be even more cautious and meticulous with your documentation and reporting.
We had a set of advisors, about a dozen scientists around the country. They looked over the book to make sure accurate. Scientifically speaking, there is nothing inaccurate or even overstated in the book. We did get a review from two places where we were called alarmist, and in fact, we are sounding the alarm.

Read the whole article here.

Learn more about Poisoned for Profit: How Toxins Are Making Our Children Chronically Ill in our bookstore.

Buy it on Amazon.com.

Find a Green Partner store near you.


Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start. Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes […] Read More..

What in the World is a Pawpaw?

Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw: […] Read More..

5 Creative Summer Drinks to Help You Cool Off

Now that we’re in the “dog days” of summer, the heat can feel a little unrelenting. There’s no better way to cool off than with a refreshing, cold beverage – especially when that beverage is made with local, organic ingredients and can give you an added health boost! While our experienced foragers and nutrition experts […] Read More..

Beat the Heat and Be Good to Your Gut: Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes

Recent research has shown that the trillions of microbes living in our gut, also known as our microbiome, can affect both our brain function and our mood and can be linked to a number of disorders ranging from allergies and asthma to autism, ADD, depression, and more. What we ingest can either help or hurt […] Read More..

Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More..