DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2011 - History - 256 pages
Praised for its ability to kill insects effectively and cheaply and reviled as an ecological hazard, DDT continues to engender passion across the political spectrum as one of the world's most controversial chemical pesticides. In DDT and the American C
 

Contents

DDT and the American Century
1
An Island in a Sea of Disease DDT Enters a Global War
12
Disease DDT and Development The American Century in Italy
35
Science in the Service of Agriculture DDT and the Beginning of the Green Revolution in Mexico
62
The Age of Wreckers and Exterminators Eradication in the Postwar World
84
Green Revolutions in Conflict Debating Silent Spring Food and Science during the Cold War
106
Its All or Nothing Debating DDT and Development under the Law
136
One Mans Pesticide Is Another Mans Poison The Controversy Continues
161
Rethinking DDT in a Global Age
182
Notes
191
Bibliography
229
Index
249
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David Kinkela is associate professor of history at the State University of New York-Fredonia.

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