I recently read an article that stated the EPA will be 41 yoa this week. In that article, the book "Silent Spring" by author Rachel Carson is mentioned. The book was said to have been an influence for creating the EPA. In the book, Carson called for restriction on DDT due to the death of birds from its effects. There have been many critics of her book stating that it was based on ignorance, but these same critics (many who work for the pesticide industry) also fail to recognize that Carson never called for the ban of DDT or that the discontinued use was not from her influence but because DDT had lost its effectiveness. Even now, pro-pesticide lobbyists have used this book as an example of "hysterics based on ignorance" with the intent to dismantle environmental protection.
In Short , the article actually highlighted a great author. Regardless of your views on "Silent Spring", Carson also wrote other great books on the environment like "The Sea Around Us", "Under the Sea Wind" and "The Edge of The Sea". Check out the website bearing the books name Silent Spring Institute
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