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Published today (Mon 19th Feb 2018) in Independent Science News
A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food
Heritage, and Inspired a Movement by Philip Ackerman-Leist
A book review by Allison Wilson, PhD, Science Director, The Bioscience Resource
Synopsis: The Tyrolean commercial apple industry had begun to expand into the
mountain community of Mals, Italy. Two experimental orchards had already been
planted to test which varieties best suited the area. More ominously, pesticide
drift from its industrial apple farms had been detected at high levels in the
area’s schoolyards and on the produce of organic farms. The citizens of Mals
realized they needed to act fast if they wanted to pursue their vision of a
diversified and sustainable local economy. The story of Mals and its subsequent
historic referendum to ban all pesticides in the municipality, and therefore
bar "Big Apple", is the perfect counterpoint to the unfolding drama of the
Dicamba drift catastrophe in the U.S. midwest. Philip Ackerman-Leist’s
important new book could not have come at a better time.
Mals stands out as a community that decided to create toxic-free food and
agriculture systems through real democracy, democracy based on the active
participation of citizens. Read the story of Mals to get inspired. And act.
~Dr. Vandana Shiva (Foreward to A Precautionary Tale).
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Allison Wilson, PhD
The Bioscience Resource Project
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