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In a triumph of marketing, the Tasmanian salmon industry has for decades succeeded in presenting itself as world's best practice and its product as healthy and clean, grown in environmentally pristine conditions. What could be more appealing than the idea of Atlantic salmon sustainably harvested in some of the world's purest waters?

But what are we eating when we eat Tasmanian salmon? 

Richard Flanagan's expose of the salmon farming industry in Tasmania is chilling. In the way that Rachel Carson took on the pesticide industry in her groundbreaking book Silent Spring, Flanagan tears open an industry that is as secretive as its practices are destructive and its product disturbing.

From the burning forests of the Amazon to the petrochemicals you aren't told about to the endangered species being pushed to extinction you don't know about; from synthetically pink-dyed flesh to seal bombs.... If you care about what you eat, if you care about the environment, this is a book you need to listen to.

Toxic is set to become a landmark book of the 21st century.

©2021 Richard Flanagan (P)2021 Penguin Random House Australia

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A disturbing insight into Tasmanian Salmon

I absolutely recommend this compelling and well researched book. An environmental tragedy, inept government, business greed and we've been hoodwinked about the quality of Tasmanian Salmon. Toxic has had a huge impact on me. I have listened to it twice, gifted many hard copies and tell anyone who cares to listen. This book gave me an excellent insight into the Tasmanian Salmon industry. Thank you Richard Flanagan.
If you like Salmon and care about our environment, well worth a read.

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A well written book about political failure!

A well written and very listenable book about and industry that was able to get away with blatant environmental damage, with the full support of a myopic politicians, despite sound scientific advice. As an engineer, I am amazed that these companies were able conduct operations that damaged the local environment without even basic government oversight, despite the advice of scientific advice. Until politicians are held accountable for their actions with a potential term of imprisonment for irresponsible decisions, the outlook for our environment is depressing! An engaging, but sobering listen. I will certainly never buy farmed salmon again!

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Well researched and horrifying expose

An extremely well written and damning perspective into the shady and often overlooked evils of the salmon industry. 5 stars and highly recommend !!

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  • Mike Lynskey
  • 11-09-2021

Shocking revelations

Writing with his usual fluid elegance, Richard Flanagan reveals how awful the salmon industry in Tasmania is. The corruption of the political process by the industry is almost as shocking as the pollution of the waters, the abuse of the animals and the disregard for the local community. I will be looking for alternative fish to eat.

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