New PBS Documentary Features Inspirational Biologist Rachel Carson and Her Book “Silent Spring” About Dangers of Pesticides
By B.N. Frank
For those not familiar with Rachel Carson and her book, Silent Spring, they serve as an example of dogged persistence in publicizing the truth – no matter how uncomfortable the experience.
This PBS segment won’t be televised until May 28; however, it is currently available for streaming here.
When Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published in 1962, the book became a phenomenon. A passionate and eloquent warning about the long-term dangers of pesticides, the book unleashed an extraordinary national debate and was greeted by vigorous attacks from the chemical industry. But it would also inspire President John F. Kennedy to launch the first-ever investigation into the public health effects of pesticides — an investigation that would eventually result in new laws governing the regulation of these deadly agents.
The title Silent Spring has served as inspiration for more recent publications about sources of “Electrosmog” (including wireless WiFi radiation) which have also already been proven to cause significant biological and environmental harm. For more details, see “Wireless Silent Spring” written by Dr. Cindy Russell and “Electronic Silent Spring” written by Katie Singer.