How ‘chemophobia’ links Food Babe to Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’

Over fifty-four years since it was first published, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring remains a divisive book. The exposé led to the birth of the modern environmental movement and the banning of DDT for agricultural purposes. Fans hail Carson as an empowering whistleblower. Critics brand her as an anti-science ideologue.

The truth is somewhere in between….In the 1950s, DDT spraying programs prevented hundreds of millions of cases of malaria, especially in the developing world, saving an untold number of lives. At the same time, the wanton spraying of the pesticide, especially for agricultural use, was prompting insect resistance, precisely as Carson claimed.

“It was short on data and long on anecdotes,” pediatrician and science advocate Paul Offit summed up in his recently-released book, Pandora’s Lab.

“Unfortunately, Carson… gave birth to the notion of zero tolerance – the assumption that any substance found harmful at any concentration or dosage should be banned absolutely.”

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Carson’s vibrant and forceful writing made it all to clear to readers that the pristine “natural” world was full of insidious, invisible, chemical dangers. This nascent fear would eventually evolve into chemophobia, the irrational aversion to chemicals, that runs rampant today. It is no coincidence that chemophobia’s modern front person, Vani Hari, the “Food Babe,” has been compared to Rachel Carson.

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12 thoughts on “How ‘chemophobia’ links Food Babe to Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’”

      • Russians? Hahahahahahahahaha!

        Ah, yes. Your puppet masters can’t really blame that sort of thing on Islamic terrorists or immigrants. But the Russians! Them some good red herring.

          • So what?
            Doesn’t mean that paid trolls lying online is speculation.

            Nearly every single billboard, newspaper, magazine, radio station, tv station, news organization, online news site and the means of accessing the Internet are run by only 5-6 mega corporations.

            I trust the Russian state about as much as I trust Viacom or time warner.
            Maybe more since the Russians never lied us into never ending wars under false pretenses.

          • Who ever said I wanted to?

            If I point out you are acting just like an asshole, you aren’t excused because of some arbitrary burden of proof you can reference.

          • The new attorney general has just instructed all prosecutors to try their best to get people who violate drug laws to serve as much time in prison as possible.
            He also rescinded the plan to curtail the use of private prisons.
            He also owns stock in private prisons.

            Is that evidence enough to remove him from public office? I say yes.
            What more proof would you need?

            Remember, “science” tells us that criminalization is futile and causes much more harm to Americans than the other options available.

      • Blah blah blah. Both governments are corrupted. RT was one of the very few media outlets willing to expose the Monsanto corruption that is being exposed in the US court system. The main media outlets don’t dare question government or corporation that fit their agenda. Millions of dollars of advertising would be at stake. Go ahead in eat your chemical laden foods and drinks, pop your pills, submit to your doctor and move forward with the FAT cattle crowd.

        As an animal scientist, you know that corn is not good for a cow. That is a fact. There is nothing good about a cow being fed GMO corn and other non grass products on a massive feed lot walking in it’s own waste.

  1. “Unfortunately, Carson… gave birth to the notion of zero tolerance – the assumption that any substance found harmful at any concentration or dosage should be banned absolutely.”

    I think this is ambiguous. Is this someone else placing the responsibility on her for how other people ran with her ideas?

    I don’t think there is evidence she every said this. I read an article of William Souder’s in Slate and there it said:
    “It is not my contention,” Carson wrote in Silent Spring, “that chemical insecticides must never be used. I do contend that we have put poisonous and biologically potent chemicals indiscriminately into the hands of persons largely or wholly ignorant of their potentials for harm. We have subjected enormous numbers of people to contact with these poisons, without their consent and often without their knowledge.”

    That doesn’t square with a claim of zero tolerance.

    • Carson certainly implied that all natural chemicals are benign and all man-made chemicals are dangerous toxins.
      The one reasonable, rational quote from Carson does not negate her propaganda and loose use of facts. Carson abandon science to promote fear and ignorance.
      An intelligent scientist figures out how to use a product safely, not abandon it completely. DDT was overused at the time, but there are uses which minimize risks. Such as, using it to treat the interior walls of homes in areas where malaria is present and mosquitos are active.
      Rachel Carson demagogued an issued she was obviously to ignorant to understand. Carson is the “queen of chemophobia”.

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