Pandemonium: How Globalization and Trade are Putting the World at Risk
Is the pace and scale of global trade endangering our livestock, hospitals and waterways?
* How vulnerable is our food to bacterial, viral and fungal invaders?
* Do certain trade goods cause more biological trouble than others?
* And - most importantly - how can we do things differently?
Whether it's pandemics like avian flu, the potential loss of most of the world's banana crops to disease, or the devastation of a foot-and-mouth epidemic, the deadly pace of globalization and biological traffic in all living things invites disaster.
While we enjoy our twenty-first century global lifestyle - international travel, cheap imported cars, summer fruits in the supermarket year-round thanks to global food sourcing - it's all too easy to forget the downside.
Pandemonium is a vital guide to the hidden consequences of globalization.
Continue those preparations and protect what is uniquely yours: Australia.
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This is the second book for this season at the Administrators' Colloquium, which is a book club dedicated to Canadian public policy issues. The first, Why Mexicans Don't Drink Molson, talked about international trade and the need for Canadians and their governments to be bigger "players" in global markets. Interesting juxtaposition to follow that book with Pandemonium. This book on pandemics (bird flu, SARS, Mad Cow disease etc.) talks about a down-side to globalization: the spread of diseases, the environmental havoc caused by non-indigenous species moving in (zebra mussels in the Great Lakes, for example) and the potential for biological terrorism. The author makes his case in an easy-to-read style and offers advice on how to minimize your risk of becoming infected by global viruses. He also makes some very serious allegations about governments' experiments with pathogens and draws links between diseases such as Altzheimer's and tainted beef. Given the importance of these points, I was disappointed by the total lack of footnotes and by the "selected" rather than comprehensive bibliography. Such a serious topic warranted better documentation of sources.
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