Bedrock to the environmental movement. Proves that an author has the power to instigate needed changes. Well researched. Solid science.
what an eye-opener. I'd think that if, in an effort to get rid of mosquitos, an area was sprayed, and then ALL the birds and fish and small animals in the area DIED of obvious chemical poisoning, and people got sick, and the MOSQUITOS WERE FINEâ¦ then you'd stop spraying and try something else, not spray again and again year after year with same results. that's the government for you.
yes, I know, they've banned DDT. but the same attitudes and lack of scientific method prevail overall. and specifically, they still use chemicals on our food (to the extent of genetically modified roundup ready crops)and there are still chemicals in the water that we don't even know the effects ofâ¦ or, we KNOW that they're harmful, which is worseâ¦ organic, anyone?
chemical mutagens indeed. and when the book was written, in the 60s, predictions of a substantial increase in children born with developmental problems and defects, which has btw come true.
thank god she got the ball rolling. it's not rolling real fast, mind you, but at least it's rolling.
"Silent Spring" is perhaps even more relevant today than when it was first published more than fifty years ago. Ms. Carson tells the story of DDT's effects on birds, but in the years since then the chemicals industry has doubled or tripled the number of nasty pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides being produced (some of which were supposed to be "safe" substitutes for DDT).
Ms. Carson was a prophet. She was also a fine writer. She tells a horrifying story, but she tells it beautifully.
This is one of the most important books of the twentieth century. Its age shows sometimes, but the writing remains lucid and too many of the concerns still valid.
Really enjoyed this book. It is very well written. Highly recommended.
Phenomenal book. For the time it was written, it was truly visionary. Much of the information is still incredibly relevant today. Thank you, Rachel.
"The cornerstone of the new environmentalism. . .well crafted, fearless, and succinct." -Peter Matthiessen
A true classic - Herb W.
With an introduction by Vice President Al Gore
This book has been totally discredited.
Totally discredited science.