Jack Doyle director of J.D. Associates, a
As the home to Dow Chemical world headquarters in Midland, Michigan, Trespass Against Us has tremendous relevance for all of us dealing with Dow's dioxin contamination of the Saginaw Bay Watershed and for those concerned about the protection of these Great Lakes or the co-opting of science and transparency. You will also read the stories of some pretty special citizens around the globe and here in Michigan fighting for justice, public health and things as basic as clean water, healthy fish and a voice in the quality of their lives. And the fight goes on!
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Michelle Hurd Riddick
Lone Tree Council
The Dow Chemical Company has been trespassing on private property for decades and getting away with it. The trespass in this case is harmful and it is toxic. For the transgressors at issue are man-made synthetic chemicals, more than 100,000 of which have been “invented” and let loose in the world since the 1930s. Yet many of these chemicals are toxic to life and have been doing harm for years, insinuating themselves into blood, body tissue, sperm and egg. “Body burdens” of toxic chemicals are now being measured in humans and wildlife all over the globe. The result is not a pretty picture: cancers, birth defects, poisoned workers, and polluted communities. The guilty parties in these transgressions, however, have not been brought to account, and they have not been stopped. To this day, “toxic trespass” continues, and it is poisoning all of us.
Trespass Against Us is a story of how one company’s chemical products and byproducts have damaged, and continue to damage, public health and the environment. Known in the 1960s for producing the lethal Vietnam War defoliant, Agent Orange, and more recently for acquiring Union Carbide’s still-unresolved
Trespass Against Us is a story of “invent-first-and-ask-questions-later” chemistry; of toxic and hazardous materials pushed into commerce before being fully tested; and of future generations burdened with toxic chemicals that will persist in the environment for decades. Dow's story is also about corporate power: of a company accustomed to getting its way and not above manipulating science, pushing aside safety, or spending millions in the courts and Congress to achieve its ends. Yet Trespass Against Us is also a hopeful story; an account of everyday moms and dads,
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