An article in the New York Times today suggests we give some thought to the words of I. L. Baldwin, a man who suggested Rachel Carson was a bit too hard on pesticides.
Ms. Carson presented DDT as a dangerous human carcinogen, but Dr. Baldwin said the question was open and noted that most scientists “feel that the danger of damage is slight.” He acknowledged that pesticides were sometimes badly misused, but he also quoted an adage: “There are no harmless chemicals, only harmless use of chemicals.”
As you can guess, the outcome depends on your definition of “harmless use of chemicals.”
I share this article because you should read it. But perhaps we could all refrain from commenting unless we can be as balanced and calm as this article. I will too.
I can hear you now, “No, you did not just blog on the immigration-bed bugs smokescreen, and a DDT article in the Times in one day!”
Yes, I did. What third item of news would make this a Bedbugger Controversial Topics Trifecta?
I shudder to think.