Half a century after Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, the circle is complete

On September 27, 1962, Rachel Carson published the book Silent Spring, which warned against the harmful effects of pesticides on the environment, especially on birds, without knowing that insects that are of vital importance for biodiversity and food would be central in it. Dutch toxicologist Henk Tennekes published in September 2010 a scientific article in a professional journal for toxicology, followed by the book "A Disaster in the Making" and describes the ecological disaster as follows: "The pesticides industry creates a 'toxic landscape' in which only the crop can survive."

Dr. Tennekes' book explains how systemic pesticides have a devastating effect on the living environment. "Pesticides can cause problems when they seep into ground and surface water from the soil. The chemicals diffuse through the environment and can affect aquatic life and birds. Systemic insecticides in particular can cause such problems because they are not only soluble in water and mobile in the soil, but also not easily degraded in soil and water, which means that aquatic and terrestrial organisms are chronically exposed to these substances. "

Tennekes' book is an urgent reminder of Rachel Carson's message. Based on his scientific research (as a toxicologist) he illustrates the ecological disaster that has already started.

Source: Ecocolmena, 28 Feb 2018