Publication of Rachaeal Carson’s “Silent Spring” in 1962
Rachel Carson, a respected marine biologist
An expose of the damage to the environment from indiscriminate use of pesticides especially chlorinated pesticides like DDT
“Levels of DDT at an all time high” … “over increasingly large areas of the United States spring now comes unheralded by the return of birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where they once where”
The Impact of “Silent Spring”
A plea for less harmful methods of pest control and a changed attitude toward nature
We must abandon the idea of “conquering” nature and seek instead to work with its processes (the movement)
Book quickly became a best-seller
Chemical and pesticide industry alarmed by book’s success and attack it
Presidential Scientific Advisory Committee Study
Unreasonable fear of residues? Safety first?
Bald eagle soft eggs because of DDT
A technology that seems harmless may have serious long-term effects on the environment
Actions of humans have become the dominant environmental influence on the health and well-being of the planet
Birth of environmental movement in America can be traced to the publication of Silent Spring
- In 1992 picked as the most influential book in the
- last 50 years
We now had discussions to make… “How Green Should We Be??
From the 1960s until the mid-1990s, the Delaney clause combined with the growing cancer-phobia created problems for regulating chemical residues in food.
~~ Maybe now in 1990s with excellent chemistry and technology we need to relook at Delaney Clause.