Reality in Advance

Some news stories leave one breathless, like this one about unregulated dioxin-tainted fish. Dioxin, the cancer-causing residue of the chemical industry, has long been the reason for Superfund cleanups and waste management regulations. Yet, it is not even tested for by the Food and Drug Administration in fish headed for restaurants and supermarket shelves. Watching the extinction of species like Puget Sound Orcas from dioxin while the FDA says it’s fine for our dinner table is like reading a dystopic adventure by Margaret Atwood. No wonder she argues she isn’t really writing fiction, but rather, reality in advance.

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~ by Jay Taber on June 10, 2009.

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