Daily News Archive
From May 26, 2006
"...we have put poisonous and biologically potent chemicals indiscriminately into the hands of persons largely or wholly ignorant of their potentials for harm. We have subjected enormous numbers of people to contact with these poisons, without their consent and often without their knowledge. It is the public that is being asked to assume the risks that the insect controllers calculate. The public must decide whether it wishes to continue on the present road, and it can only do so when in full possession of the facts." (Silent Spring, 1962)
rate continues to rise not only in our own country but all over the
world. When Rachel Carson first called attention to the problem in 1962
the U.S. total of pesticide production and use was 637,666,000 pounds.(active
ingredients only). Most recent market estimates indicate U.S use at
over 1.2 billion pounds (figures do not include wood preservatives,
specialty biocides or chlorine hypochlorites). World pesticide amount
used exceeded 5.0 billion pounds in 2000 and 2001. Herbicides accounted
for the largest portion of total use, followed by other pesticide use,
insecticide use, and fungicide use.
The choice, after all, is ours to make. If, after having endured much, we have at last asserted our 'right to know,' and if, knowing, we have concluded that we are being asked to take senseless and frightening risks, then we should no longer accept the counsel of those who tell us that we must fill our world with poisonous chemicals; we should look about and see what other course is open to us." (Silent Spring, 1962)
On what would have been her 99th birthday, we honor the memory of Rachel Carson and what she stood for. She was a hero who sounded the alarm that awakened the nation and the world to daily pesticide poisoning and contamination. We at Beyond Pesticides are privileged to be working with heroes across the nation, who continue to sound the alarm, and work proactively to reduce senseless pesticide exposures in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. Sincerely, Beyond Pesticides Staff.