The Chemical Age: How Chemists Fought Famine and Disease, Killed Millions, and Changed Our Relationship with the Earth

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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author
Frank A. von Hippel is professor of environmental health sciences and lead of the One Health research initiative at the University of Arizona. He has taught ecology field courses in over twenty countries, and conducted research in the Americas, Africa, and Australia. He hosts the Science History Podcast.
"A superbly written and riveting account of scientific myopia: the employment of chemistry to solve major problems while doggedly oblivious to the consequent ravages those solutions cast upon life on earth. Destined to be a classic, this would top the fiction bestseller list, except it is solid truth. The Chemical Age should be required reading for everyone."-- "Thomas E. Lovejoy, coeditor of Biodiversity and Climate Change: Transforming the Biosphere"
"Our love affair with industrial chemicals may have heroic origins, but it also has Promethean consequences that we are only beginning to fully comprehend. The Chemical Age is an essential addition to this comprehension, and a delightful mix of deep research and vivid anecdotal storytelling."-- "McKay Jenkins, author of Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet"
"The Chemical Age is a vital and refreshing synthesis of public health, agricultural development, war, and pesticide history. With crisp writing, von Hippel draws from an impressive breadth of sources to tell a revealing and truly thought-provoking story."-- "David Kinkela, author of DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and th"