Many Earth Day celebrations will commemorate the 50th anniversary on Sunday of the publication of the environmental classic “SilentSpring” in 1962. Indeed, author Rachel Carson has been cited more often than any other environmental writer after Henry David Thoreau. But just because a book is popular doesn’t mean it’s true.
Carson’s passionate prose is persuasive. Unfortunately, it led many readers and policymakers to overgeneralize from isolated cases. Her caution that we should be wary of misuse of pesticides is praiseworthy, but there were major oversights in her work – errors that have played a role in shaping environmental policies that have cost millions of lives and dollars.… Seguir leyendo »