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15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.
Criticisms of 'Silent Spring' Inaccurate and Unfounded
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7 out of 28 people found this review helpful.
Carson is not all that and a bag of chips.
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Posted June 7, 2005
good read to make the uneducated feel smart
This book twists and bended scientific research. This sort of subject is commonly used to cover up for the real concern: population control. Condeming millions of people to die each year, of which most are children and pregnant women in third world countries because of the ban on DDT based on such unfounded evidence is nothing but criminal! So feel good that you didnt save any birds or fish because not only does science prove DDT is one of the safest chemicles to ever come in contact with man, it saved millions before it was banned. Only 17 people died of malaria in Sari Lank while it was legal ten years later the death toll after it was banned back up to 53 million in that area alone. If you want to read something, read something so you will become educated and realize this should be a main concern of all and DDT should not be banned, the ban has caused more deaths than Hilter and Stalin combined... heck its more than the entire death toll from world war II. It is sickening why should all these people needlessly die?
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Posted January 4, 2007
Check the studies cited by Rachel Carson
Silent Spring is undoubtedly one of the most influencial books of our time. Recently, I encountered a letter to the editor that questioned the assertions of Silent Spring. It seemed incredible that Carson's claims about DDT had been overblown and that the Head of the EPA had banned DDT for political reasons overruling the findings of the EPA's hearing that had compiled over 9,000 pages of testimony from American and international scientific experts. I decided that I had to find out the truth because I found the idea so shocking given what I know about the devastation created by malaria. Among the many things that I came across was a transcript of a speech by Dr. J. Gordon Edward. Dr. Edwards points out many discrepancies in Silent Spring. After reading his review, I ordered a copy of James DeWitt's original article in The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry from 1956 at a cost of $25.00 so see if Dr. Edward's criticisms were valid. The actual findings of Dr. DeWitt were exactly as described by Dr. Edwards which were substantially different from how they were portrayed by Rachel Carson in Silent Spring. It would seem to suggest that one should check the original research studies cited by Silent Spring. Silent Spring did not examine the use of DDT in controlled interior spraying to prevent malaria but blanket spraying in agricultural applications where the power and persistence of DDT represent an environmental hazard. The book was aimed at the general public and is a call to arms rather than a scholarly, peer reviewed work of original research. What we do know is that DDT remains the most effective method ever discovered in the prevention of malaria. The World Health Organization is currently recommending interior spraying of houses with DDT which their website states can reduce transmission by 90% and poses no environmental hazards to either wildlife or humans. The WHO's website states that a million people a year die of malaria, 30% of these are children. The WHO site shows the impact that malaria has on global poverty. 85% of the victims are in Africa. Silent Spring alerted us to a very real danger from widespread and indescriminate use of a very powerful pesticide. Silent Spring unfortunately overshadowed the fact that DDT is also a remarkable life saving technology if used in a stringently controlled and selective application.
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Posted December 4, 2004
Great book if you are looking for baseless things
The idea that this book presents some form of proof of anything is ridiculous. This book is purported to be 'The Book' of the environmental establishment in the sense it started the environmental revolution. If what Rachel had to say was so true and so important why didn't she publish her findings in a peer reviewed journal? The findings of this book are on the same par as the 'scientist' who discovered cold fusion...but just couldn't prove it. If anyone had written a journal paper based on the data in this book the paper would have been put in the trash can or used as kendling for a fire. Unfortunately, to many people have been misled to think Rachel actually did scientific research for this book. If the environmental movement is going to go anywhere it must distance itself from baseless claims made by those who wish to just make a name for themselves and focus on factual evidence and likely results based on that evidence...not sheer speculation.
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