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Gordon Edwards & Lie of Rachel Carson. Gordon Edwards . He is a well-known entomologist (entomologist is someone who specializing in the study of butterflies and moths ) who documents some of the misstatements in Carson’s Silent Spring . A Lie.

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    1. Gordon Edwards & Lie of Rachel Carson

    2. Gordon Edwards • He is a well-known entomologist (entomologist is someone who specializing in the study of butterflies and moths ) who documents some of the misstatements in Carson’s Silent Spring

    3. A Lie • Page 17 . Carson says arsenic is a carcinogen and mentions a great many horrible ways in which it is violently poisonous to vertebrates. She then says(page 18) :” Modern insecticides are still more deadly” and she makes a special mention of DDT as an example. This implication that DDT is horribly deadly is completely false

    4. Human Volunteers have ingested as much as 35milligrams of it a day for nearly two years and suffered no adverse affect.

    5. Millions of people have lived with DDT intimately during the mosquito spray programs and nobody even got sick as a result • In house spraying, the amount applied was 2 grams of DDT per square meter of wall, every 6 month

    6. DDT’s contribution • The World Health Organization Director concluded,” The discontinuation of the use of DDT would be disaster to world health” • The national Academy of Sciences concluded in 1965 that” in a little more than two decades, DDT has prevent 500 million human deaths that would otherwise have been inevitable ”

    7. Tiger MosquitoAnopheles, the mosquito that carries malaria, which kills 2 to 3 million people a year (Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization)