In some ways it’s remarkable that Rachel Carson is still controversial, as we’ve been reminded by this month’s 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring. A heroine to many in the 1960s, including President John Kennedy, Carson is credited with igniting, or at least profoundly influencing, what we now think of as the modern environmental movement.
Yet the book’s attack on DDT and other pesticides still inspires vigorous counter-assault, especially the compelling claim that the subsequent ban led to deadly malaria epidemics in Africa. Like many environmental crusaders today, Carson was also accused of using what we now call “junk science” to advance her personal agenda.
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