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

scain Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 11:53 PM
No one said that her results were intentional. We are just saying that she was wrong and governments were wrong to accept her views as science and , intentionally or not, it resulted in the deaths of many people.

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....