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Rachel Carson Was Wrong

Hey sorry about all those millions that died of malaria and stuff.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of biologist Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, Silent Spring, which argued that man-made chemicals represented a grave threat to human health and the environment. Using harsh and unscientific rhetoric—which was rebuked in the journal Science magazine shortly after its publication—Carson postulated that man-made chemicals affect processes of the human body in “sinister and often deadly ways.” History has proven Carson’s claims wrong. Contrary to her admonitions, a chemically caused cancer epidemic never came to pass. Researchers who identified environmental factors did not simply target trace chemical exposures as significant, but instead focused on major cancer causes such as tobacco and poor diets. In fact, people are living longer and healthier lives, cancer rates have declined even as chemical use has increased, and chemicals are not among the key causes of cancer.
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1 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am not sure what to think of this. I didn't think these chemicals caused cancer, but, not being a scientist, I have often wondered about their effect on a developing baby in the womb. I have noticed of late the explosion of Autism, Aspergers, & ADHD just from children in my neighborhood. Many think it is from exposure to pesticides. Of course, it could also be from exposure to the birth control pill if you ask me. I guess though, I am torn because I really do think Natural is better and just like I want my body to be natural and free of chemicals, I think the food I eat should also be as God intended.


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