Saturday, July 14, 2012

The power to kill

Photo by Kim Newburg

"These sprays, dusts, and aerosols are now applied 
almost universally 
to farms, gardens, forests, and homes - 
nonselective chemicals that have the power to kill 
every insect, the 'good' and the 'bad,' 
to still the song of birds
and the leaping of fish in the streams, 
to coat the leaves with a deadly film, 
and to linger on in soil - 
all this though the intended target may be only 
a few weeds or insects. 
Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down 
such a barrage of poisons on the surface of the earth without making it unfit for all life? 
They should not be called 'insecticides,' but 'biocides.'"

-- Rachel Carson, Silent Spring


  1. It is indeed a sad world when one can walk into any retail store and purchase all the toxic chemicals one wants, and spray them however one wants. Whether one follows the instructions on the label, or whether one sprays as they please, it's harmful either way.

    1. Agreed. I get so depressed sometimes when I walk through stores. Especially when I see what parents have in their carts beside their little ones.


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