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Criticisms of 'Silent Spring' Inaccurate and Unfounded

To those who have not yet read this book, do not be fooled by the baseless criticism posted in negative reviews here. These negative notices are themselves ignorant of Carson's work and lack sound ecological understanding. 'Silent Spring' was published as a long...
To those who have not yet read this book, do not be fooled by the baseless criticism posted in negative reviews here. These negative notices are themselves ignorant of Carson's work and lack sound ecological understanding. 'Silent Spring' was published as a longer work, and not in a peer review journal, because of Carson's intended audience DDT was affecting the environment in immediate and horribly detrimental ways, even though scienctific studies had previously shown the destruction it wrecked. Carson wrote in a format which had the greatest ability to disseminate her work among the general public and thus have a greater effect of public policy, as was vitally needed. It was not necessary to publish in a peer journal, additionally, because the information which supported her claims already existed in the scientific world. She drew only on independent studies, which elimated common bias in studies conducted by special interest groups. The criticism which 'Silent Spring' evoked did not come from the greater scientific community, but instead from industry which relied on DDT for profit, as well as those seeking to discredit a women speaking in a field and in a role traditionally dominated by men. After the work's publication in 1961, JFK ordered an invesigation into the legitimacy of Carson's assertions this invesitgation confirmed Carson's work, and initated a decade's long environmental reform in the government. Furthermore, the environmental degradation done by DDT cannot be measured in dubious assertions of malaria deaths. Beside the baseless nature of such assertions, which fails in scientific proof, such attacks attempt to discredit an environmentalism out of ignorance in an area in which that environmentalism is strongly anchored: it seeks to protect the world as a whole, humans and nature included. If there is no world for us to live, no air to breath or water to drink, then there is no point, no effect, no good that can come out of any technoligical innovation. Essentially, do not be disuaded from reading this book by reviews here if you do not believe my argument, for whatever reason, read the book yourself, look up the facts for yourself. The facts don't lie the comments here have. For further information on what I have written here, see the work of Douglas Allchin, Professor at the University of Texas, an essay entitled 'Rachel Carson & Silent Spring'

posted by Anonymous on December 5, 2005

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7 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

Carson is not all that and a bag of chips.

Rachel Carson set out to maliciously prosecute DDT as a carcinogen because of her own cancer. DDT is not and has never been proven as a cancer causing agent and it is perfectly safe to use. The experiments citing egg shell thinning has never been reproduced and bird pop...
Rachel Carson set out to maliciously prosecute DDT as a carcinogen because of her own cancer. DDT is not and has never been proven as a cancer causing agent and it is perfectly safe to use. The experiments citing egg shell thinning has never been reproduced and bird populations that were claimed to be declining secondary to the deployment of DDT were in fact, in decline prior to the introduction of DDT to the environment. Further, DDT should not have been banned secondary to Carson¿s slander of the chemical, but public hysteria whipped up by environmental activists without any understanding of the situation caused a Federal review. A Federal judge reviewed the evidence and heard the testimony of hundreds of witnesses and concluded that DDT was a safe and effective chemical and did not pose any danger to the environment. The judge was overruled by the EPA head due to political pressure and DDT was banned, resulting in the deaths of millions of people in the third world due to malarial outbreaks. Carson became the first of many scientists to pervert science in favor of a political or personal objective. However, Carson does not stop there. She lies about the endorsement of her position by Dr. Albert Schweitzer in order to lend credibility to her jaundiced position. What I honestly don¿t understand are the glowing reports from those who claim they seek the truth, but turn a blind eye to the lies presented in Carson¿s book. If you think that I am going to recommend that you do not purchase this book, you are mistaken. I urge you to purchase it and read it from cover to cover. Then, research Carson¿s assertions and compare them with the data from scientific sources. You will be disgusted if you have any conscience at all, by what this author has done and the lives she caused to be lost due to her arrogance. In the context of pulling the wool over the public¿s eyes, this text stands out as a masterpiece.

posted by Anonymous on August 29, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2000

    Ahead of it's Time

    This book has amazing introspective. Rachel Carson started a revolution with this book and the reasons are obvious and endless. The writing style is almost poetic and her passion for environmental saftey can amaze anyone. This book however, is not light reading so the recommendation to read it does not go out to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    Silent Spring

    A must read environmental book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2000

    Silent Spring

    This book made america think about pecticides

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2000

    Excellent - Timely!

    Rachel Carson was way ahead of her time on this one. Even though it was written some years ago, she is very current with her ideas and warnings. We have the same issues today. We as a people have still not realized that poisons are just that - poisons, whether chemical or 'organic'. This book is a 'must read' for gardeners, lawn owners, agriculturists, and government leaders! We must get away from the mind-set that the poison is the only way to attack pests. Nor are bio-controls always safe - sometimes the introduced insect or bacteria will attact not only the intended pest or weed, but others not intended and can create havoc themselves. For example, parasitic wasps do not stay in the fields where released, but also attack and kill the non-pest caterpillars of beautiful butterflies. Genetic Engineering is also not the answer - from creating superbugs and superweeds resistent to it, harming the soil, and creating hidden allergens, to harming wildlife (the GE plant's pollen can drift far and wide onto other plants, making them poisonous to animals not intended as the target). What can we use? There are pest-control methods not based on chemistry or genetics but on ecology. They work. Rotating crops. Mixing crops. Using organic fertilizers and mulches. Building up the ecosystem above the ground and in the soil so the natual predators rise and fall with the pests - doing so with a specificity that chemicals cannot match. Retiring the attitude that the almighty lawn is king. Putting the food grown to better use - if just one-third of the grains grown for animals would go to humans instead, we could prevent much of worldwide hunger. Organic gardening improves soil fertility, has fewer detrimental effects on the environment, and produces equivalent crop yields to high-intensity gardening. Natural landscaping is beautiful and comfortable to be in. Three cheers for Rachel Carson!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2000

    Impact

    impact(im pakt'; n) the power to move feelings, influence thinking, etc. Silent Spring made me even more aware of the environmental toxins in our everyday life. I've alway tried to be careful and not wasteful with products I've used but I probably did not take as much precautions on my own self that I should have. I've now found a whole new respect for the safety of any chemicals I and my family use, and will be using more natural home remedies for my environmental uses. I am spreading the word on this book but Silent Spring needs to be advertised more to make more people aware of it and get more young readers interested in it. I had never heard of Silent Spring until this year on a NPR radio station, and every 'older' person I've talked to about the book knew about it and read it back in the sixties.

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