Book Review: Carson's Silent Spring

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Book Review: Carson, R. (1963) Silent Spring, Hamilton, London. Carson’s book was a lot more than just another enthusiastic wilderness book. Silent Spring is widely regarded as one of the pioneering book’s focusing on the impacts of industry particular the chemical industry on the environment. Carson was one of the firsts academics to directly blame the effects of pesticides and chemicals for declining biodiversity in certain habitats. She also presented the view that the Chemical industry had been spreading disinformation; and further more blamed public officials for accepting such claims unquestioningly. Carson’s research in the 1950’s for her Silent Spring publication was mainly focused around conservation but in regards to artificial pesticides, which she…show more content…
Interestingly Carson began her research into environmental conservation following a letter a friend of hers wrote to The Boston Herald. The letter written by Olga Owens Huckins in 1958 described the decline in bird populations and species around her property resulting from the aerial spraying of DDT to kill mosquitoes; Huckins sent a copy of this letter to Carson, spurring on her research. Although the vast majority of Silent Spring is focused on ecosystems and the pesticide problem several chapters look at cases of human pesticide poisoning, cancer, along with other illnesses attributed to pesticides, Carson indeed looked into the impacts of chemicals on humans particularly in regards to cancer; Carson’s research alongside the National Cancer Institute produced the conclusion that indeed there was a pesticide-cancer connection. These ideas that Carson produced all link to the focal theme of Silent Spring, which is that humans

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