Boffey, Philip M. "Twenty Years After ‘Silent Spring': Still a Troubled Landscape," New York
Times, 25 May 1982, C1, 7.
Here is a Times staffer doing a piece on Carson's important book just twenty years after its
publication. He quotes some of the reactions/responses to the articles when they came out in The
New Yorker in 1962 and when the book was published a year later. The reactions were not all
favorable; Carson's book was controversial. She was in favor of balance in a world in which
agriculture and business were not balanced at all.
This writer is concerned that Carson's warning is not being heard even today. The use of
chemicals has not decreased, the use of "hard pesticides" remains as does the use of herbicides.
The persistent pesticides of Carson's day are being followed by the persistent herbicides of today.
There are still raging controversies about safety, about the dangers of this or that particular
substance. With Reagan's administration there has been even more deregulation of agribusiness.