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Year Ends 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring An Unhappy Legacy Continues

caspr Wrote: Dec 10, 2012 2:01 PM
Angela failed to mention one of the most important -- and most egregious -- fallouts caused by Rachel Carson's pack of lies. Look at any study done over the past 50 years about the human casualties caused by malaria and you'll see that Rachel Carson could literally be called the worst mass-murderer of all human history. Ban DDT, and you ban the most effective way 3rd-world countries (where 99% of malarial deaths occur) have to combat mosquitoes. Calling Carson an idiot is a sad euphemism for what she really was.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of biologist Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, Silent Spring. Although the anniversary is soon to become history as well, Carson’s impact promises to continue well into the future—and it’s not something to celebrate.

Carson was right to advocate for careful use of pesticides, but her harsh rhetoric needlessly raised excessive alarm. She postulated man-made chemicals affect processes of the human body in “sinister and often deadly ways,” birthing a powerful environmental movement that is fiercely anti-pesticide.

But history has proven Carson’s claims wrong. Contrary to her warnings, a chemically caused cancer epidemic never happened....