Rick Smith discusses the new book he co-wrote with Bruce Lourie, Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World (Knopf, 2014), with Joseph Planta.
|Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World by Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith (Knopf, 2014).
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
Their last book, Slow Death By Rubber Duck was a big hit in this country and beyond, and now Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith are back with a new book: Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World. We’re replete with toxic chemicals in our homes and our bodies, reading this book you’ll be shocked at what we’re harbouring under and outside our skin, and this book looks at those harsh chemicals we eat, breath and soak in, what they are, how dangerous they are, and what we can do to get rid of them. You hear of detox methods, usually some fad scheme endorsed by a celebrity, well like their last book the Messer’s Smith and Lourie engage in experiments, or in some instances in this new book volunteers, they test detox diets and the sort, indoor air quality, organic food, cosmetics, and more. They also take a look at the green industry, and how we dispose waste. It’s an engaging and accessible book. I’m joined now by one of the authors, Rick Smith, and I’ll ask them about what’s in the book, and importantly what we can do about it. The book is published by Knopf, visit their website at www.toxintoxout.ca. Bruce Lourie is President of the Ivey Foundation, and Rick Smith is Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute. Both are noted speakers and thinkers on environmental issues in Canada. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Rick Smith; Mr. Smith, good morning.