We can change our thinking. Rather than viewing the chemical adulteration of our environment and our bodies as the inevitable price of convenience and progress, we can decide that cancer is inconvenient and toxic pollution archaic and primitive.

—Sandra Steingraber,
Living Downstream, 2nd ed.

In the Media

Selected interviews, news stories, reviews, and videos

SciTech Book News: Review of Living Downstream

"In this compelling book, Steingraber (Environmental Studies and Science, Ithaca College) uses her experience as a poet, a biologist, and a cancer survivor to lay out a persuasive case for the linkage between cancer and environmental toxins." Read review.

Utne Reader: Sandra Steingraber's Organic Manifesto

Utne Reader's  Julie Hanus writes about: Sandra Steingraber's Organic Manifesto "One of the things I like most about ecologist Sandra Steingraber’s writing is her ability to express big, substantive ideas with clarity, simplicity, and resolve."  Read the Utne article  Read the Manifesto

NPR's Living on Earth

National Public Radio Host Steve Curwood talks with Steingraber about her efforts to make the environment part of the public health discussion.

Read the interview.    Hear the audiotape of the interview.

Toronto Star Review

Toeronto Columnist Catherine Porter writes: Ecologist Sandra Steingraber is the Rachel Carson of the new millennium

Now Magazine Film Review: LD gets four stars.

Now Magazine's Glenn Sumi gives the film Living Downstream a solid four star (n) review in Toronto.

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Environmental Cancer Risk: The President’s Cancer Panel sounds the alarm on environmental cancer risks.

On Point's Tom Ashbrook interviews guests  Margaret Kripke from the President's Cancer Panel, Graham Colditz, and Sandra Steingraber about the Cancer Panel's controversial report. Sandra's pointed comments can be heard in the third part of the interview.

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Film Review of Living Downstream in Green Web Directory

Steingraber speaks with GoGreenWebDirectory.com’s Andrea Fox about environmental links to cancer, her role, ours, and that of Massachusetts.

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President's Cancer Panel Report

Steingraber's testimony to the President's Cancer Panel is prominently cited in the panel's groundbreaking report. The report, "Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now" makes a paradigm shift that more directly links cancer to environmental factors.


…genes and environment interact in ways that are so complex that it’s really not worth arguing in my mind about how much plays what role because... we cannot change our ancestors. So a rational place to begin a program of cancer prevention [is]... with the environment, and lifestyle is wound up in the environment.


...it seems to me that the indication of harm is our trigger for action but how much harm and how much weight of evidence do you want before you make a decision I think is the interesting question, and surely the answer is different depending on how many people are exposed.


I believe it is time for a new human experiment. The old experiment…is that we have sprayed pesticides which are inherent poisons…throughout our shared environment. They are now in amniotic fluid. They’re in our blood. They’re in our urine. They’re in our exhaled breath. They are in mothers’ milk….What is the burden of cancer that we can attribute to this use of poisons in our agricultural system?...We won’t really know the answer until we do the other experiment, which is to take the poisons out of our food chain, embrace a different kind of agriculture, and see what happens.

Read the President's Cancer Panel's Report.    Read media coverage.

KBOO Radio Interview with Talk Show Host Lisa Loving

Host Lisa Loving speaks with Sandra Steingraber, internationally recognized authority on environmental links to cancer and reproductive health, about the new edition of her contemporary classic, "Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment."

Listen to the interview.

Washington Post Review of Film

Washington Post reviewer Ann Hornaday notes about the film Living Downstream:  Handsomely photographed and powerfully argued...

...Steingraber's scientific cool and unflagging sense of mission make for an arresting portrait of a self-styled modern-day Rachel Carson.

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