Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology (Hardback)
  • Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology (Hardback)
zoom

Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology (Hardback)

(author)
£32.50
Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 22/01/2015
  • We can order this from the publisher

UK delivery within 4-5 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Silent Spring catalyzed an environmental movement in the 1960s and achieved a ban on DDT, but are the alternatives any less toxic?

Rachel Carson’s eloquent book Silent Spring stands as one of the most important books of the twentieth century and inspired important and long-lasting changes in environmental science and government policy. Frederick Rowe Davis thoughtfully sets Carson’s study in the context of the twentieth century, reconsiders her achievement, and analyzes its legacy in light of toxic chemical use and regulation today.
 
Davis examines the history of pesticide development alongside the evolution of the science of toxicology and tracks legislation governing exposure to chemicals across the twentieth century. He affirms the brilliance of Carson’s careful scientific interpretations drawing on data from university and government toxicologists. Although Silent Spring instigated legislation that successfully terminated DDT use, other warnings were ignored. Ironically, we replaced one poison with even more toxic ones. Davis concludes that we urgently need new thinking about how we evaluate and regulate pesticides in accounting for their ecological and human toll.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300205176
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

“This is a fundamentally important, up-to-date analysis of environmental toxicology after Silent Spring. It is simultaneously nuanced and forceful in its arguments.”—Daniel Lewis, Huntington Library - Daniel Lewis

“Banned’s emphasis on the development of toxicology is unique, compelling, and convincing. It is also crucial for understanding how Silent Spring was constructed, the controversy that swirled around its publication, and the impact it had on pesticide regulation in the United States.”—Mark V. Barrow, Jr., author of Nature’s Ghosts: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology - Mark V. Barrow, Jr.

“Banned is an excellent and much-needed history of pesticides. Davis provides a compelling analysis of the ways policymakers understand risk. Most important, he offers a useful ecological alternative to current risk calculations. Toxicologists, policymakers, and historians will benefit from this clearly-written book.”—Nancy Langston, author of Toxic Bodies: Hormone Disruptors and the Legacy of DES - Nancy Langston

“Th[is] richly researched and well-written stud[y] provide[s] many new insights for scholars as well as important applications for policymakers to address ongoing ecological challenges.”—David D. Vail, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences - David D. Vail, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

You may also be interested in...

This Changes Everything
Added to basket
Climate: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
A Case for Climate Engineering
Added to basket
Melting Away
Added to basket
£35.00   £17.50
Hardback
Field Notes from a Catastrophe
Added to basket
Why We Disagree about Climate Change
Added to basket
Waking the Giant
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Climate Matters
Added to basket
£18.50
Paperback
The Conundrum
Added to basket
£9.99
Hardback
The Carbon Crunch
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Visit Sunny Chernobyl
Added to basket
Heat
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Earthmasters
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
Six Degrees
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: