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The following books were reviewed in this issue of Voices:

Why Poison Ourselves
A Precautionary Approach to Synthetic Chemicals
By Anne Platt
McGinn Washington, DC Worldwatch Institute, Nov. 2000

Short Fuse to Catastrophe
The Case for Taking Nuclear Weapons Off Hair-trigger Alert

Joint Report of the Back from the Brink Campaign and the Project for Participatory Democracy, Washington, DC: Back from the Brink Campaign

Genetically Engineered Food
Changing the Nature of Nature

By Martin Teitel, Kimberly A Wilson; Foreword by Ralph Nader
Park Street Press, 1999


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"Federal policy…has been to assure that "waste management problems shall not be deferred to other generations," and many environmental groups have shared the same view. Geological burial - at first glance anyway - looks like an ideal way to accomplish that since, after all, it "removes" the wastes from the environment and solves the problem once and for all. But in many ways entombment does just the opposite. It deliberately poisons a portion of the natural world for an endless stretch of time and in doing so it not only leaves future generations with thousands of tons of the most dangerous rubbish imaginable on their hands but makes it as difficult as the state of our technology permits for them to deal with it. We cannot promise our children - never mind those who will follow hundreds or thousands of years hence - that they will be safe from the wastes. And so long as that is so, we are not taking the problem out of their hands so much as we are taking the solution out of their hands."
Kai Erikson in
"Out of Sight, Out of Our Minds"
The New York Times Magazine
March 6, 1994.



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