Category: pre 1970
Year: 1962
Note: Often credited with kickstarting the modern ecology movement.


In the late 1950s Rachel Carson studied the effects of synthetic pesticides. The result of her work, published in 1962, accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation which was unquestioningly accepted by public officials. The title refers to the possible consequences of long term mass pesticide use - a spring without birdsong. 

Despite fierce opposition from the pesticide companies, it generated a large public debate and resulted in the banning of DDT for agricultural purposes and led inspired the creation of the USA Environmental Protection Agency.

Tags: 1950-69  

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