Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Echoes of Silent Spring
(Exhibits (Museum, Gardens, ...))
In the modern, human-dominated world, a wide variety of pests threaten our environment, agriculture, and health, and must be controlled. Part of the strategy for controlling pests is the use of chemicals that kill or reduce the numbers of the pest; and 50 years ago, a publication alerted the people of the world to potential dangers in pesticide use. This was the book Silent Spring, written by Rachel Carson and published in 1962. more information...
The MSU Museum revisits the publication of this landmark book, credited with launching the modern environmental movement. "Echoes of Silent Spring: 50 Years of Environmental Awareness" opens in the Heritage Gallery.
"While pesticides are important agents in pest control, they also can carry significant risks if not used carefully and strategically," notes MSU Museum Director Gary Morgan, the exhibit's curator. "We now know that some pesticides that were once widely used can be extremely dangerous to organisms other than the target pests."