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Better Safe Than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics

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  • Author(s): Norah MacKendrick
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Year Published: 2018

Through an innovative analysis of environmental regulation, the advocacy work of environmental health groups, the expansion of the health-food chain Whole Foods Market, and interviews with consumers, Better Safe Than Sorry chronicles how ordinary people try to avoid exposure to toxics in grocery store aisles using the practice of “precautionary consumption.” MacKendrick ponders why the problem of toxics in the U.S. retail landscape has been left to individual shoppers—and to mothers in particular. This book powerfully argues that precautionary consumption places a heavy and unfair burden of labor on women and does little to advance environmental justice or mitigate risk.