The reign of poison, part I: Rachel Carson strikes back

Puff the Mutant Dragon


The modern environmental movement owes a great deal to biologist Rachel Carson, best known as the author of A Silent Spring. When you think of Silent Spring you probably think of the pesticide DDT; what few realize, however, is that Carson had a broader goal. She wanted to rethink not only DDT but all modern insecticides.

“[These] sprays, dusts and aerosols are now applied almost universally to farms, gardens, forests and homes — nonselective chemicals that have the power to kill every insect, the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’, to still the song of birds and the leaping of fish in the streams, to coat the leaves with a deadly film and to linger on in soil — all this though the intended target may be only a few weeds or insects. Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surface of…

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I am a lawyer in Chicago with interests in pop culture and current politics.
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