Saying Yes to the Precautionary Principle


  • Darcy Mullen Georgia Institute of Technology



Pesticides, Activism, Environmental Protection, Resistance


First paragraph:

In A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement, Philip Ackerman-Leist tells the story of Mals, in Northern Italy. He does it in a way that makes the reader feel as if they have visited a very special place and an equally singular moment in time. Just as notably, this biography of place holds a steady eye to turns in elegant lan­guage. The title explains what happens in the book. The combination of the humanistic details and how the story is told, however, makes for a contem­porary socio-agricultural fairy-tale (if such a genre can exist), complete with a supplemental chapter at the end of the book called “An Activist’s Primer: How To Push Back on Pesticides At Home” (pp. 195–199)...


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Author Biography

Darcy Mullen, Georgia Institute of Technology

School of Literature Media and Communica­tion, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts; Georgia Tech; 686 Cherry Street; Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0165

Cover of "A Precautionary Tale"



How to Cite

Mullen, D. (2018). Saying Yes to the Precautionary Principle. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 8(2), 157–159.