Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Context||In farming, the use of chemical pesticides yielded huge gains in productivity. By the 1950s, the spraying of chemical pesticides was commonplace.|
|Audience||The general public and policy makers in the Kennedy Administration|
|Purpose||Carson questioned the indiscriminate use of chemicals and their effects on the environment.|
Not all scientific advances signaled progress. Since 1945, Rachel Carson had questioned the governmental use of the pesticide DDT, which the government hailed as a scientific breakthrough in eradicating malaria and controlling mosquitoes. In 1962, Carson published Silent Spring, a critique of the chemical industry's use of pesticides. It climbed up the best-seller list and remained there for months, eventually selling more than 1.5 million copies. Based upon Carson's research, the federal government established a commission to investigate pesticides, and reversed its pesticide policy by banning the use of DDT by the end of the 1960s. The book spurred on the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s.