Did Rachel Carson catalyze the organic farming movement, as many advocates claim? Or would she reject their ban on synthetic fertilizer and see organic as an inefficient way to feed the world?
The undermining of environmental science, and the creation of lies and bribes to distort public policymaking, is as old as industries that know their products do harm, but lie to keep them in use.
The Smarden incident and the arrival of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in the UK lead people to a new view of the environment.
Michael McCarthy's memoir is a timely reminder of the destruction of the natural world.
Monsanto an other biotech companies got caught short in the 1990s. But since then, the GM argument has been moving in their direction.