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YMMV: Silent Spring
  • Anvilicious - Though perhaps that anvil needed dropping.
  • Dan Browned - While many of the better-known statements regarding environmental costs were supported by the evidence, such as eagle shell-thinning, other aspects ... have not done well with time. Claims about cancer incidence in children aren't very compelling when compared to a time where the diagnostic tools to detect cancer were none-existent, and trying to tie deaths from leukemia or aplastic anemia to a single exposure to the chemical mere months before death is laughable.
  • Hate Dumb - Urban myth and anti-environmentalist / right wing propaganda claims this book, by leading to DDT being banned for agricultural use, is the cause of millions of malaria deaths. These people didn't do their research, as it is totally legal to use as a malaria vector control. Indeed, the Malaria Foundation International states, "...For the first time, there is now an insecticide which is restricted to vector control only, meaning that the selection of resistant mosquitoes will be slower than before.
    • US politicians wrote a much more expansive and well-followed ban with only a very limited public health exception — further restrictions than the book recommended — and both USAID and other international disease control programs refused to fund countries to use DDT until the early 2000s, making the issue more complicated than merely the Stockholm Conference restrictions or Silent Spring itself.
    • Most people who slam Carson do not know that she explicitly said on several occasions that pesticides should not be outright banned, but only excessive usage of them should be. She agreed that it was highly justified to use DDT to prevent the spread of malaria, but she also said that there are limits to how much you can use it before you are also causing some considerable harm.
  • Nightmare Fuel
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped - And how!

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