Our ill-fated desire to control nature as well as our tendency to ignore our own complicity in its destruction for profit was the focus of a seminal 1962 book, “Silent Spring.” This publication is widely credited with ushering in the modern environmental movement. Rachel Carson, a marine biologist, and author of “Silent Spring,” was first a lover of nature and a poet.
Through her astute observations of nature, careful documentation and gifted writing, she was able to bring attention to the devastating and long lasting effects of pesticides which continue to impact all wildlife and species, including humans.
Her book contains story after story showing the annihilation of birds, squirrels, fish, earthworms, and beneficial insects after the introduction of ever more toxic pesticides to fight invasive insects such as the Japanese beetle. Funds were endless from the Department of Agriculture who declared that these pesticides were perfectly safe as planes deposited hundreds of pounds of pellets into yards, schools and farms. Water turned into poison and rivers of death for salmon and other species. Bird populations of robins, pheasants, and meadowlarks plummeted along with rabbits, muskrats and cats.
Farm animals who were exposed withered and many died. Dogs even fell ill. The Japanese beetle survived, however, as most insects cleverly and rapidly become resistant to these chemicals, which can persist in the soil and waterways for years. While species targeted biologic methods of control and integrated pest management tools have been developed, more and more pesticides have been created leaving us an economically profitable but toxic legacy – DDT, Chlordane, Dieldrin, 2-4 D- Malathion, Glyphosate.
There are many similarities between the silent spring created in cities and farms from pesticides and that of wireless technology with the rapid and widespread adoption of cell towers. Let’s examine the effects of this technology that biologists have found on wildlife and then compare the histories, mechanisms and impacts between pesticides and wireless radiation. By Cindy Russell, MD.