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Ken Geiser

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012522

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012522.001.0001

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Solving the Chemicals Problem

Solving the Chemicals Problem

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(p.339) 16 Solving the Chemicals Problem
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Chemicals without Harm
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Ken Geiser

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012522.003.0016

Shifting the chemicals economy towards safer chemicals and alternatives is a huge and complex task. It will take years,--at least a generation--but, if we are ever going to do it, we should begin now. The costs of waiting are too high. There are many leverage points in the chemical production, consumption and disposal system and there are many forces currently working for change. The task is integrating and coordinating these many forces and developing a new understanding that the chemicals problem cannot be solved chemical at a time. What is needed is a broad, inclusive movement to promote a safer chemical market, a more sustainable chemical industry, and a robust green chemistry

Keywords:   Chemicals policy, social movement, anti-toxics movement, environmental health movement, corporate resistance, costs of inaction, completing the synthetic chemical revolution

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