Agriculture: Aroused Spring

Marine Biologist Rachel Carson is mentioned only once in the U.S. Government's report on the use of pesticides. But its authors, sponsored by Presidential Science Adviser Jerome B. Wiesner, leave little doubt that it was Miss Carson who put them to work. Before her book Silent Spring appeared, they point out, "people were generally unaware of the toxicity of pesticides." Now the public is so worked up that the report issued last week seems at least partly designed to encourage legislation that will control, but not prevent, the use of valuable chemicals.

The report starts off by stating clearly that modern...

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