The Negative Effects Of Silent Spring By Rachel Carson

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Register to read the introduction… While at the FWS, Carson produced three books on the ocean’s ecosystems, all of which were critically acclaimed and a one made it on to the The New York Times book lists. By 1962, Rachel Carson published another book called Silent Spring. The purpose of Silent Spring was to warn the adverse effects pesticides have on our environment, almost mentioning DDT exclusively. Unlike her other books, Silent Spring met heavy resistance and slanderous criticism. Scientists, Politicians, businessmen, and some chemical companies – Monsanto and Velsicol- took part in the campaign to slander Carson and her work. One possible reason for the tenacious counterattacks against Rachel Carson and Silent Spring lay with her results. DDT before Carson was commonly believed to be non-lethal to humans. In fact during the war DDT was used to protect the health of the soldiers from insect borne disease, such as malaria in the Pacific theater. The effectiveness of DDT during the war led to the commercialization of the insecticide for the general public. DDT became the most heavily used chemical in the United States and maintained as one of the principle insecticides until 1964. But increasing research of pesticides over the years, and including Rachel Carson’s work, illustrated an adverse trend of the chemical leeching into the general public. The prevalence of DDT on farms affected peoples’ diets because the residue was found in some Americans’ fat cells. In Silent Spring, her results expressed pesticides and insecticides, such as DDT, are the leading cause of environmental distress in the United …show more content…
Her voice sparked a movement within the United States public and government to revolutionize the way we look at nature and our interaction with it. Her conviction to nature and through force of will, Rachel Carson was able to do what many people can only dream of completing. While not only fighting a losing battle with breast cancer, Rachel Carson still wrote Silent Spring and continued to campaign against unbearable odds to find success. As one person, she lead the charge against pesticides but was unable to witness much of the advancements she had helped fight for. From one voice came a call, a plea, to rethink our lives as humans and the interaction we have with the earth. The legacy Rachel Carson leaves for all is the example by which others may follow to fight for change because if she could accomplish so much in such little a time frame by herself, just imagine the possibilities if the rest of us followed in her footsteps of

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