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SILENT
SPRING
Rachel Carson
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Alex Bashair Matthew Showna
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Overview
Ethical
Issues
Criticism
Improvements
Personal
Perspective
RACHEL CARSON
May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964
Marine Biologist, Ecologist, Writer
Conclusion
• Overview
• Ethical Issues
• Critique
• Personal Perspective
• Improvements
• Conclusion
”The book that birthed
modern environmentalism”
“This book was a shaft of light that for the
first time illuminated what is arguably the
most important issue of our era.”
- Al Gore
Overview
Ethical
Issues
Criticism
Improvements
Personal
Perspective
Conclusion
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Overview
Insecticide & Pest Control
Ground & Water Contamination
Imbalance of Ecosystem
Resistance & Danger to Humans
Ethical
Issues
Criticism
Improvements
Personal
Perspective
Conclusion
1
Efficient Food Production VS. Animal Health
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Efficient Production VS. Human Health
Overview
Ethical
Issues
Criticism
Improvements
Personal
Perspective
Conclusion
3
Insect-borne Disease Control vs. Acute Insecticides Poisoning
• Case for use of DDT to combat Malaria in 3rd World Countries
• Acute Insecticide Poisoning as a result of continued exposure of use
of pesticides
• Creation of super strains and resistance for insects and diseases
4
Hunger VS. Increased Agricultural Production
Overview
Ethical
Issues
Criticism
Improvements
Personal
Perspective
Conclusion
{
“Rachel, Rachel, we’ve been hearing,
All the dread words that you’ve said,
Were they true and Spring was silent,
Then I’m sure we’ll soon be dead.”
- National Pest Control Association
}
1) Carson’s argument for cancer related to DDT has no
strong Scientific support
2) Some of Carson’s statistics are out of context and
unreliable
3) Negative consequences associated with the ban on
DDT
4) Arguments are one-sided and intentionally avoid
counter points
Overview
Ethical
Issues
Criticism
Improvements
Personal
Perspective
Conclusion
• Improve the Reliability of Statistic and Context
• Raising More Feasible Alternatives
• Consider From All Perspectives
Overview
Ethical
Issues
Criticism
Improvements
Personal
Perspective
Conclusion
Overview
Ethical
Issues
Criticism
Improvements
Personal
Perspective
Conclusion
Questions&Comments
Thank You.
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