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Frederick Rowe Davis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300205176

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300205176.001.0001

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Pesticides and Toxicology after the DDT Ban

Pesticides and Toxicology after the DDT Ban

(p.187) Chapter 7 Pesticides and Toxicology after the DDT Ban

Frederick Rowe Davis

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the use of different pesticides after the banning of DDT in 1972. Based on the message from Silent Spring, many Americans considered DDT as the most harmful insecticide due to its effects on wildlife, particularly birds. American legislators became concerned about environmental cancer. When DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons underwent scrutiny, farmers turned to alternatives such as toxaphene and organophosphates. By 1976, organophosphates dominated insecticides in agricultural use. The passage of the Food Quality Protection Act in 1996 and the review of organophosphates in 2006 ultimately led to the removal of organophosphates the market.

Keywords:   Silent Spring, environmental movement, insecticide, environmental cancer, DDT use, organophosphate, Food Quality Protection Act

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