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After environmental damage, how to go about 'Restoring Eden'

It was like Rachel Carson's description of "Silent Spring:" nature just went quiet at Elizabeth Hilborn's North Carolina farm. The biggest difference was the lack of bees. Hilborn investigated, using her other skills: she's a veterinarian who has investigated many outbreaks of disease.

The culprit turned out to be a chemical one, aided by some twists in geology, topography, and hydrology. Dr. Hilborn tells the full story in her book Restoring Eden: Unearthing the Agribusiness Secret That Poisoned My Farming Community.

We bring the author in for a discussion of environmental damage, and how a landscape can recover from it.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.