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

Lisa179 Wrote: Dec 10, 2012 1:55 PM
As to loss of birds due to supposed problems with soft shells, far more birds die when pesticide infested forests die and then burn. I grew up in timber country and saw this first hand. Once DDT was banned, the Tussock Moths took over along with Bark Beetles. Green forests turned brown and then black as they burned to the ground almost taking my hometown with them. How many birds died during and after the fire? We need to use such poisons with caution but banning them does far more damage.
Roy323 Wrote: Dec 10, 2012 5:12 PM
Lisa179-"How many birds died" (Paraphrased)? I'm sure DDT did contribute to substantial "Bird Deaths" in various areas; But just as an item of Interest, check the "bird-kill (one bunch of feathers + one bird?) in the vicinity of "Wind Farms--It can be enlightening!

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....