Category Archives: Rachel Carson

New EPA report on health impacts of chlorpyrifos

Environment Health News just published this article about this recent EPA study concluding that chlorpyrifos, an insecticide used on corn and other U.S. crops, poses health risks to workers and can also contaminate drinking water. Chlorpyrifos is one of the most commonly … Continue reading

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Study Finds Association Between Exposure to DDT and Alzheimer’s Disease

A recent study published in JAMA Neurology has identified one of the first environmental risk factors for Alzheimer’s by establishing an association between exposure to the pesticide DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) and Alzheimer’s disease. DDT was widely used as an agricultural insecticide … Continue reading

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Rachel Carson’s Environmental Health Legacy

Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, Silent Spring, launched the environmental movement.  As the EPA observes in its history, “Silent Spring played in the history of environmentalism roughly the same role that Uncle Tom’s Cabin played in the abolitionist movement.  In fact, … Continue reading

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