By Duff Wilson
Quincy, Washington, have been a sleepy northwestern farming city until eventually its leisure is disturbed by means of a surprising mystery underneath its once-fertile fields: chemical brands are removing leftover poisonous waste through promoting it to unsuspecting farmers as fertilizer. the contaminated fertilizer -- containing arsenic and cadmium, lead and dioxins-is believed to be destroying plants, sickening animals, and endangering the nation's nutrients provide. And as a result of a gaping regulatory loophole, it truly is thoroughly legal.
Up opposed to the secrecy and greed of robust businesses, a neighborhood lifelong tomboy and mom of 4 will make an impassioned stand. Patty Martin starts off a fateful trip that might result in her election as mayor, but additionally invite the resentment of so much of her buddies for bold to confront the that has been Quincy's lifeblood. Martin is joined via a small variety of courageous farmers who deliver ingenuity, outrage, and an investigative reporter to the struggle opposed to doubtless insurmountable odds to reveal the reality. They examine that poisonous waste is became fertilizer all over the world, unfold on food-growing land, absorbed via crops, and, eventually, ate up via all of us.
Duff Wilson, whose Seattle instances sequence in this tale used to be a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the following presents the definitive account of a brand new and alarming environmental scandal. Fateful Harvest is a gripping learn of corruption and braveness, of recklessness and reckoning. it's a tale that speaks to the best fears -- and supreme desire -- in us all.
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Sitting in his small ofﬁce by the railroad track in downtown Quincy, Williams decided to simply spread the material on farmland as if it were fertilizer. He would say later he thought he knew what chemicals were in there, and that they were the same nutrients that were commonly applied to land all over the Columbia Basin. But Williams didn’t know what was in there, or if he did, he wasn’t saying. Williams took a sample to test for a few chemicals, including atrazine, a broadleaf weed killer. Atrazine was the nation’s topselling herbicide, used on 96 percent of corn crops, so it was logical to ﬁnd it in the rinse pond.
She still didn’t know exactly what was going wrong. She ﬁgured it out after her Bear Paw line got sick. A horse named Missie was the next to get desperately ill. She was about twenty years old and pregnant, one of the last producing daughters of a national champion named Bear Paw. Ruthann started popping Missie with banamine and mash and forcing ﬂuids, but the mare lay down and stayed there. Horses and cows can lie on the ground to take a nap, but if they stay down too long, their digestive organs stop working.
The rinse pond. The rinse pond has ruined my farm, Dennis said. Now White looked not only concerned, but dumbfounded. Later he would say that he had been trying to work the money problem through in his mind but had not known he’d be asked about chemical damage to the land. “This one caught me off guard. At that time it became a big issue,” he said. Some days later White offered Dennis $300,000 for the property. Too low, Dennis said. It’s worth $560,000. Too high, White said. Dennis asked him how much Cenex would have to pay if it was a Superfund site.