Fish and Wildlife Service employee photo In the mids, Carson became concerned about the use of synthetic pesticides, many of which had been developed through the military funding of science after World War II. She tried to enlist essayist E.
She was given an explanation.
He will end by destroying the earth. The book was written by a scientist, marine biologist Carson, who had written the perhaps more poetic and less scientific but also popular The Sea Around Us, published seven years before, and its successor, The Edge of the Sea.
But Carson saw horrific, ignorant things happening to the environment in the fifties. She took four years to carefully research and document all across this country the poisoning of the country.
Carson and her publisher braced themselves for the response they knew was surely coming. Even before publication they were sued by chemical companies, unsuccessfully, and were on publication almost immediately and unrelentlessly vilified by what was then Corporate Farming America [yes, the people who are bringing the planet Frankenfood], something that has continued unabated to this day by an amalgamation of anti-environmental climate change deniers and so on.
Hundreds of dollars then were spent by the chemical industry in an attempt to discredit the book and to malign the author—she was described as an ignorant and hysterical woman who wanted to turn the earth over to the insects. The concepts and practices of applied entomology for the most part date from that Stone Age of science.
It is our alarming misfortune that so primitive a science has armed itself with the most modern and terrible weapons, and that in turning them against the insects it has also turned them against the earth.
Silent Spring, similarly warns us of the health concerns for especially children, even warning of the possibility of future birth defects. Carson, a scientist writing in a popular science mode, carefully lays out the case against DDT and other indiscriminately sprayed chemicals that were destroying ecosystems, endangering lives.
She made the link between these poisons and cancer and other man-made diseases. As a direct result of the message in Silent Spring, President Kennedy set up a special panel to study the problem of pesticides.
Though it took ten years to do it, DDT and many other poisons was banned in We would not have had the EPA without Carson, possibly. When I was a kid in the sixties we drove through a putrid fog from Grand Rapids to Chicago.
We swam in Lake Michigan in the midst of dead fish. I doubt you could swim in the lake on the Chicago side. Lake Erie was a dumping latrine. But beginning in the mid-sixties we turned around the destruction of the environment, though it in truth that destruction was just slowed down, as you know.
The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster.
Because we need more Flints.
Save the planet, I say. Vote for the planet and take to the streets.Silent Spring is an environmental science book by Rachel Carson. The book was published on 27 September and it documented the adverse effects on the environment of the indiscriminate use of pfmlures.com accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation and public officials of accepting the industry's marketing claims unquestioningly..
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