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Toxic Injustice: A Transnational History of Exposure and Struggle

Susanna Rankin Bohme


A history of the pesticide DBCP in the United States and Central America, Toxic Injustice explores the production of both health inequalities and resistance in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century globalization. In the 1950s and 1980s, DBCP production, regulation, and use created disproportionate risk for Central American banana workers and their—often immigrant—U.S. farmworker counterparts. Despite toxicological evidence of DBCP’s dangers, transnational fruit and chemical corporations produced, used, and sold the pesticide for nearly three decades. Exposed workers developed experien ... More

Keywords: pesticides, Central America, United States, worker movements, globalization, corporate accountability, litigation, regulation, banana industry, chemical industry, Nicaragua, Costa Rica

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520278981
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520278981.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susanna Rankin Bohme, author
Harvard University