Veronica_Influential - Veronica Keenan Imagine a world in...

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Imagine a world in which human cancer rates were much higher than they are today. A world in which an abnormally large number of babies were born pre-maturely or with developmental problems, and where bird populations were dwindling worldwide. This is the sort of world we could be living in today if not for Rachel Carson. Through extensive research and the publication of her book, Silent Spring , she has not only uncovered the devastating effects of the pesticide DDT , but sparked a revolution in human’s awareness of our negative impacts on the world around us. Rachel Carson was born in May of 1907 to a mother who instilled in her a great curiosity and love for the environment at a young age. This interest stuck with her throughout her childhood and adolescence, and she went on to major in Biology at the Pennsylvania College for Women. After graduating, Carson was accepted to Graduate School at John Hopkins University, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Zoology in the year 1932. Four years after graduating from John Hopkins University, she snagged a job at the United States Bureau of Fisheries, during which time she began publishing articles in scientific journals and magazines. The subject of the pesticide DDT caught Carson’s attention in the mid 1940’s when it first appeared on the market, but because editors found the topic boring to read about, she did not write very much about it until the 1950’s. It was the United State’s Department of Agriculture’s 1957 “fire ant eradication program” that finally prompted Carson to devote her time to the issue of pesticide use and environmental poisons. The fire ant program involved aerial spraying of DDT and other pesticides, which were mixed with fuel oil, in order to eradicate the fire ant population. Landowners in the areas being sprayed petitioned for it to be stopped and even took the case to
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2010 for the course ENG 189 taught by Professor Welbeck during the Spring '10 term at Eastern Oregon.

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Veronica_Influential - Veronica Keenan Imagine a world in...

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