THE WAR ON BUGS
Author: Will Allen
Will Allen is an organic farming visionary. A true activist, entrepreneur, and expert, he understands the complexities of farming firsthand and the impact that commercialization has had. In the early 19th century, as the American population grew rapidly, crop output demand increased. Seeing an opportunity to play upon fears from market demand, chemical companies declared war on the vile, profit-sucking, output-wrecking archnemesis of the average American farmer: bugs.
With precision, pesticide manufacturers delivered a "shock and awe" media campaign that can only be compared to the current blitzkrieg from today's pharmaceutical companies. Bugs were the threat to the American dream - and a cure was available to every farmer in spray, granule, dust, or systemic form that could be applied to your crops.
Will Allen's War on Bugs reveals how advertisers, editors, scientists, large-scale farmers, government agencies, and even Dr. Seuss colluded to convince farmers to use deadly chemicals, hormones, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to pad their wallets and control the American farm enterprise. Utilizing dozens of original advertisements and promotions to illustrate the story, Allen details how consumers and activists have struggled against toxic food.
Echoing the warnings of seminal works on the topic such as The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs by Arthur Kallet and F.J. Schlink, and Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, The War on Bugs shouts that the time to stop poisoning our food, water, air and ourselves is now!