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

Reginald10 Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 5:07 PM
When and where did DDT become "legal"? Last I heard, it was still illegal worldwide.

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....