Our culture is lethal to the ecology that it depends on and has been so for a long time, perhaps from the beginning.
~Christopher Manes ~


27 September 1962 marks the publication date of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. As part of my education I spent several years in agricultural colleges, and - to put it mildly - did not hear many nice things about her book.

When I finally got around to reading it, I discovered not the ravings of a wreckless fanatic who wished disease and death on humanity, but a calm and reasoned account of the damage that pesticides can do when they end up in places they weren't intended to go.

Rachel Carson
Photo: USFWS.

In any case, Rachel Carson changed the world with this epoch-making book, and it remains a must read for anyone trying to understand the history of the environmental movement.