You will see pictures of Rachel Carson next to microscopes, implying that she is a learned scientist in the field she became most notorious for – pesticides. It’s subterfuge. Carson was an editor of a nature magazine. She dabbled in marine biology.
When she published her book, Silent Spring, she knew as much about pesticides as could be provided by reading the transcripts of a lawsuit that was in progress, filed by rich and famous people who knew as much as Carson did. Nothing.
The plaintiffs were friends of Carson’s- the daughter of Dr. Spock, the son of Teddy Roosevelt, the daughter of J.P. Morgan – they all were bird watchers on Long Island and were concerned with DDT spraying that controlled mosquitoes and Dutch Elm disease.
With their money, they bought experts to testify on their behalf that DDT was a poison that would kill everyone. These experts were mostly socialists that used pesticides as a symbol of capitalistic evil and greed. The science, we now know, was flawed.
During the trial, Carson was asked to join the lawsuit as a plaintiff’s witness, after all, she was a “scientist,” who had a book about DDT ready to be published.
And so, the myth of Carson as an expert in the field of pesticides was launched, when in reality she was just an agenda-driven activist.
We’ve been paying the price ever since –