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Mark Schapiro: Exposed

December 18th, 2007 by Dave · No Comments


On Fresh Air recently, Terry Gross interviewed Mark Schapiro, author of Exposed. Schapiro talks about the toxic chemicals that are released into our bodies and our environment by many of the goods that we consume.

He also talks about how the US policies on hazardous chemicals are much laxer than the EU policies. Thus, many products deemed too toxic for Europe end up being sold in America. Unsurprisingly, labeling for these chemicals is nonexistent.

One interesting point that Schapiro raises is that EU governments are more willing to take action because they provide health care for their citizens. They have much more of a financial stake in the health of their citizens than the US government does. Schapiro is the editorial director for the non-profit Center for Investigative Journalism.

There is a lot of potential here for class activities. For example, a simplified summary of the points raised in this interview could be used in units dealing with health, shopping or the environment. Advanced students could learn about the differences in regulation between the EU and the US.

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