She was a marine biologist who dedicated her life to writing about scientific research, bridging the wide gap between social sciences and life sciences. She had the unique ability to translate facts and data into compelling and influential stories. Her ability to bring environmental issues into public conscience made her a pioneer in the field of ecology and many credit her as the spark that ignited the s environmental movement.
Industry Attacks on Dissent: From Rachel Carson to Oprah Forty years after the publication of Silent Spring, corporations are still producing poisons—and still trying to keep critics from fighting back.
The Magazine of Economic Justice available at http: Subscribe Now at a discount. In Marchthe British government announced that ten people had died after eating beef from cattle sick with "mad cow disease.
While interviewing guest Howard Lyman of the Humane Society about his belief that American cattle might be at risk for the disease, Winfrey told her audience, "It has just stopped me cold from eating another burger.
Food disparagement laws are a new tool in an old bag of tricks used by corporations to protect their own economic interests at the expense of public discussion. Silencing public debate with frivolous, time-consuming, and costly lawsuits has become so commonplace that the technique has its own name: Winfrey and Lyman won in lower federal court because the judge ruled that cattle were not "perishable food products.
A three-judge panel eventually ruled against the Texas ranchers. But the SLAPP suit achieved its objective by forcing Winfrey and Lyman to spend an enormous amount of time and money defending themselves—and by serving as a warning to the rest of us that saying what we believe to be true may cost us more than we can bear.
Lawsuits, and the threat of lawsuits, are not the only means industry uses to stifle dissent. Silent Spring woke up the nation, creating a national consciousness about the health and environmental consequences of pesticide use.
Industry woke up too. Bruce Johnson, a Seattle lawyer, told the New York Times in"If [food disparagement laws] had been in place in the s, Rachel Carson might not have found a publisher willing to print Silent Spring.
In the s and s, oil and chemical companies like Union Carbide, Shell, and Dow expanded their interest in petrochemical manufacturing.
The petrochemical industry, strengthened immensely by World War II, replaced renewable materials with synthetic organic compounds made from the by-products of oil and natural gas: In the s and s, the thriving plastics industry accelerated the shift even more. In many cases, the processes used to manufacture synthetic products created toxic wastes, and often the products themselves—either intact or when dissipated into the environment—were harmful to life.
Among the most lethal of these products were synthetic pesticides. Beforemost pesticides were made from plants; a few were made from toxic metals like arsenic and mercury. But the synthetic chemicals created for chemical warfare during World War II were found to be highly effective weed and insect killers.
So inwith strong government backing, these poisons entered commercial markets. Pesticides such as dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane DDTdieldrin, and aldrin were dropped from planes like bombs over Dresden.
State and federal government agencies blanketed neighborhoods with poisons in an attempt to eradicate pests like gypsy moths and Japanese beetles. Farmers used DDT and other synthetic insecticides on a variety of crops, including cotton, peanuts, and soybeans.
Suburbanites embraced the new chemicals in their war against perceived nuisances like crab grass and dandelions. Few people understood the dangers to life that these new chemicals presented.
Sickness and death among chemical manufacturing workers were sometimes the first indication that the materials they worked with were toxic.Hypochondria is the interpretation of bodily symptoms as signs of a serious illness. Frequently the symptoms are normal bodily functions, such as coughing, pain, sores, or sweating.
Although some people will be aware that their concerns are excessive, many become preoccupied by the symptoms. Jun 22, · Rachel Carson wrote these words in Silent Spring is one of the most significant publications in environmental writings, because it was the first time anyone had chronicled the human health and environmental horrors .
Feb 06, · Rachel Carson has been both a hero to environmentalists and the bane of the chemical and pesticide industries — and their political mouthpieces — ever since the publication of her seminal.
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