CHE Cafe call: A Conversation with Carl Cranor, Author of "Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants"

April 20, 2011
1:00 pm US Eastern Time

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Carl Cranor, PhD, author of the recently published book, Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants, is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. Based on his broad understanding about the harm toxic chemicals can cause to human and ecosystem health, Dr. Cranor has analyzed the current legal structures designed to prevent such harm and has found them ineffective and often by design, inadequate to the public health challenge at hand. In addition to his most recent book, he has written numerous other books and articles. In these, Dr. Cranor offers suggestions about what kinds of legal initiatives might work, making the case that individual actions will not be sufficient to prevent harm and that only pragmatic, thorough and far-reaching reforms will give us world reasonably safe from toxic chemical harm. Dr. Cranor discussed some of his ideas on a CHE Café call, hosted by CHE staffer Sharyle Patton.