New Book: Restoring Eden: Unearthing the Agribusiness Secret That Poisoned My Farming Community

New Book: Restoring Eden: Unearthing the Agribusiness Secret That Poisoned My Farming Community


Author:  Dr. Elizabeth Hilborn

A true story lived by the author.

In 2017, Hilborn’s family farm was contaminated, wildlife disappeared, crops failed, and Hilborn’s life changed forever. Hilborn tells her true story of an environmental murder mystery and one woman’s search for answers.

As an environmental scientist trained to investigate disease outbreaks, Elizabeth rose to the challenge. Step by step, day by day, despite facing headwinds from skeptical neighbors, environmental experts, and agricultural consultants, she’d assembled information. Her observations provided a framework, a timeline to explain the evidence she’d collected.

The chemicals found in her water samples showed beyond any doubt that not only her farm, but her greater farming community, was at risk from toxic chemicals that travelled with rain water over the land, into water, and deep within the soil. Hilborn was given a front row seat to the insect apocalypse. Even as a scientist, she’d been unaware of the risks to life from some common agricultural chemicals. Her goal was to protect her farm and the animals who lived there.

But first she had to convince her rural neighbors of the risk to their way of life, too.


Dr. Elizabeth D. Hilborn is a veterinarian, a honeybee specialist, and a senior environmental health scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency. She worked as a disease detective with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She’s spoken to audiences worldwide and published more than sixty scientific articles about the effects of pollution on human and animal health, and her work appears in public health, medical, and environmental health journals. She lives with her family and grows fruits and vegetables on their farm in North Carolina.
This is a true One Health story of the interconnectedness and interdependence of animals, ecosystems and humans and how human behaviors and practices can jeopardize the health of all living things.


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