On the 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring:


 MESA at The Evergreen State College


The 22nd Annual Rachel Carson Forum

Panel Discussion

on the social, political, and ecological implications of pesticide use in our society today

Wednesday May 2, 2012 at 6 pm

The Evergreen State College Longhouse


Janette Brimmer, Staff Attorney, Earth Justice

Dr. Steven Herman, Professor of Biology, The Evergreen State College

Ciscoe Morris, Host and Owner, Gardening with Ciscoe

Dr. Marion Moses, Founder and President, Pesticide Education Center

Dr. John Perkins, Senior Fellow, National Council for Science and the Environment

Panel Facilitator:

Rusty Burlew, Director, Native Bee Conservancy, with an introduction by Kaiulani Lee

For more information:

MESA at heatherkow@gmail.com or (360) 867-5940


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  • Wow, 50 years! It was an incredible eye-opener for me and for many others. But as a society have we really learned the lessons or just attended to symptoms?

    My compliments, encouragement and respect to you for carrying on.

    • Thanks, Roger.

      Truthfully, I think we are in worse shape now than we were then. The pesticides have changed, but the problems have carried on.

  • I am going to find the book by Rachel Carson called Silent Spring to read it. I had never heard of it until quite recently. I think what you wrote above Rusty where you say “truthfully, I think etc. etc.” I agree with you completely. In this country products used to make field crops and garden lawns as well as flowers safe from pests were always called pesticides (same as English but pronounced pestieceedez). A clear name that was obvious what it was supposed to achieve. Death to the pests!!!

    Recently because of all the publicity around nicotinamiden and the waking up of the general public to the dangers that are all over the place when these substances are used in gardens, parks, and fields, the name has been changed to crop protection substance. (gewas beschermingsmiddelen) By marketing these things under a less forceful name that these days rings alarm bells regarding the good insects then??? So by now calling them all crop protection substances they avoid conscience stirrings by possible users because you don’t get the warning bell regarding good bugs anymore.

    • Lindy,

      When I was in school, “plant protection” was a euphemism for chemical pest control. Now they say it means sustainable pest management. At any rate, I don’t trust any of them. Using gentle-sounding words for poison is low.