Confronted by powerful companies like Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and others, companies that manipulate the media, scientific research, regulatory agencies and the legal system, it’s tempting to just give up.
But we shouldn’t. Ever.
Meet an organic dairy farmer who spoke up when his hay was poisoned by pesticide drift . . . a pediatrician who rallied other medical professionals to protect the soil, water, and air for her local patients . . . a hairdresser whose salon conversations mobilized the women in her town . . . and other unlikely activists, who orchestrated a winning campaign against pesticides in a small town in Northern Italy.
“A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement,” by Philip Ackerman-Leist, is a story of direct democracy in action. Ackerman-Leist’s book serves as a lesson to all of us on how to fight back, and why we must.