Feature: The case against the case against agrochemicals.
FEATURE: Rachel Carson Was Wrong
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, the book credited with launching the modern environmentalist movement. In a new study, CEI Senior Fellow Angela Logomasini argues that history has proven Carson's warning about agrochemicals wrong. Read the study here.
Senior Fellow Angela Logomasini talks about her forthcoming CEI study, “Rachel Was Wrong: Agrochemicals’ Benefits to Human Health and the Environment.” Fifty years ago in her book Silent Spring, Carson argued that pesticides and other chemicals would increase cancer rates; they have actually gone down despite increased life expectancy. Carson argued that chemicals would reduce environmental quality; indicators have actually improved almost across the board, and high-yield farming feeds more people while leaving more habitat for wildlife. Carson argued that chemicals would increase food-borne illnesses; again, they have gone down.