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Author: Rachel Carson
Publisher: Other India Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/a
Widely recognized as one of the most influential books of the 20th century, its publication generated a chain of events that permanently altered conventional public perceptions about pesticides. It led to a ban on the use of chemicals in the United States of America.
Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’ is widely recognized as one of the most influential books of the 20th century. Its publication in 1962 generated a chain of events that permanently altered conventional public perception about pesticides. It led to a ban on the use of chemical like DDT in the United States of America and inspired the setting up of the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA).
In her book (which has by now gone into over 30 editions) Carson painstakingly provided scientific documentation to prove that the use of toxic chemicals to kill insects – because they damage agricultural crops – was disturbing nature and its complex processes in ways little understood by humankind. Wild bird populations were succumbing to these poisons which were now to be found in the remotest regions of the earth and even in the breast milk of human beings. Chemical sprays were eliminating benign insects, stimulating the evolution of more resistant pests, and killing frogs, fish, bees and earthworms.
This Indian edition of ‘Silent Spring’ has been published because a similar tragedy appears to be unfolding in India. Agricultural scientists and government departments are busy promoting the production of larger and larger quantities of these dangerous chemicals, convinced that this is ‘progress’, even while farmers in some States have begun killing themselves after they find their crops devastated by massive pest attacks, despite the use of the most toxic chemical brews.
Foreword by Claude Alvares
1. A Fable for Tomorrow
2. The Obligation to Endure
3. Elixirs of Death
4. Surface Waters and Underground Seas
5. Realms of the Soil
6. Earth’s Green Mantle
7. Needless Havoc
8. And No Birds Sing
9. Rivers of Death
10. Indiscriminately from the Skies
11. Beyond the Dreams of the Borgias
12. The Human Price
13. Through a Narrow Window
14. One in Every Four
15. Nature Fights Back
16. The Rumblings of an Avalanche
17. The Other Road