Toxic Drift: Pesticides and Health in the Post-World War II South (review)

Toxic Drift, by Pete Daniel (LSU Press, 2005)

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Toxic Drift: Pesticides and Health in the Post-World War II South (review)

by Otis L. Graham
Southern Cultures, Vol. 14, No. 1: Spring 2008

Louisiana State University Press, 2005

Pete Daniel has written valuable books on southern agriculture and culture, Mississippi River floods, and much else, and now he adds to the too-small but growing library of books on the environment in southern history. His topic is an important new presence in the air, soil, and water of the twentieth-century South—new agricultural chemicals to control pests, and the controversies they produced when the new pesticides’ benefits to farmers also yielded serious animal and human health problems.