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If You’ve Eaten an Organic Apple This Week, Thank Rachel Carson

Carson’s book about agrochemicals launched the modern environmental movement, but the work she started in Silent Spring is far from finished.

By Steve Holt, www.takepart.com:

 "Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surface of the earth without making it unfit for all life? They should not be called ‘insecticides,’ but ‘biocides.’ ”

For writing such things, Silent Spring author Rachel L. Carson was called a communist, a spinster, a hysterical woman, a junk scientist, and worse. But history—and science—would vindicate the harsh critique of agricultural pesticide she made in her landmark 1962 book. In it, Carson laid bare the chemical reality of our food system, condemning its consequences for the land, wildlife, and human health. President John F. Kennedy would quickly become “aware of Ms. Carson’s work” and launch a Science Advisory Committee to study the issue in 1963.

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