30. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Informational Book, Janet, NonFiction

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, 378 pages, read by Janet, on 04/29/2012

“The Classic that Launched the Environmental Movement” is just as scarey now as it was when written in the 1960s.  Chemicals are partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the world.  Insecticides and weed sprays are still used everywhere there is a pest.  When first tried, many birds, animals, good trees and plants, and humans died from the effects.  They have supposedly been chemically changed to only harm the chosen items, but who knows what effects are still damaging others without recognition?  The leader of the insecticides, DDT, was first synthesized by a German chemist in 1874, and won the Nobel Prize in 1939.  Forms of it are still in many pesticides today.  Carson noted that “since mid 1940’s over 200 basic chemicals have been created for use in killing insects, weeds, rodents, and other organisms described in modern vernacular as ‘pests’.”  Many more have been invented now.  Today we have many cancer-producing agents.  What will be next?  This is a very frightening story that is still being seen taking place around the world.

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