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Rachel Carson, a Voice for Organics - the First Hundred Years

Paull, John (2007) Rachel Carson, a Voice for Organics - the First Hundred Years. Elementals: Journal of Bio-Dynamics Tasmania, 86, pp. 37-41.

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Rachel Carson has been described as "an early supporter of organic farming". Publishing in 1962, she awoke a generation past, to the false promises of the “war on weeds”, the “war against the insects” and “better living through chemistry”. Carson wrote to a friend: “there would be no peace for me if I kept silent”. She asked the world to consider: “Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surface of the earth without making it unfit for all life?”. Carson has been described by TIME Magazine as one of “the 100 most influential people of the 20th century” and her book has been described as “the most influential book of the past 50 years”- yet on the occasion of the centenary of her birth, the author found that university students had "no idea" who she was, or what was "Silent Spring".


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, DDT, organic farming, agriculture, pesticides, EPA, Africa.
Subjects: Environmental aspects
"Organics" in general > Country reports > United States
"Organics" in general
"Organics" in general > History of organics
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
"Organics" in general > Country reports > Africa
Research affiliation: Australia > Australian National University
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:10961
Deposited On:28 Jun 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:35
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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