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

Norah MacKendrick


How toxic are the products we consume on a daily basis? Whether it’s triclosan in toothpaste, formaldehyde in baby shampoo, endocrine disruptors in water bottles, or pesticides on strawberries, consumers are increasingly concerned about the chemicals in their food and personal care products. Norah MacKendrick chronicles these concerns, showing how individuals attempt to avoid exposure to toxics in the aisles of the grocery store using a practice she calls “precautionary consumption.” Through an innovative analysis of the history of environmental regulation in the United States, the advocacy wo ... More

Keywords: femininity, environmental justice, motherhood, consumers, consumption, environmental politics, precautionary principle, neoliberalism, risk, family health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520296688
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520296688.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norah MacKendrick, author
Rutgers University