On Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Our Desires to Control

Here’s another vlog I made for my university class, this one on our desire to control, and in some cases kill. I am using Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring as an example where alternative paradigms for managing crops have been side-stepped in favour of what she calls ‘biocides’ (DDT). Even today, we see the same desire to control through dangerous insecticides like neonicotinoids. And just like in Carson’s day, these are being created and championed by corporate greed.

Take a look and let me know your thoughts.

Author: Simon Appolloni

I am a writer, teacher, publisher and lover of the universe

6 thoughts on “On Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Our Desires to Control”

  1. The Canadian Press: Aug 14, 2017
    Bee populations are declining worldwide as scientists try to figure out why. Research suggests the use of neonicotinoids is among the factors
    Bees are crucial to agriculture. Published reports suggest about a third of the crops eaten by humans depend on insect pollination, with bees responsible for about 80 per cent of that figure.
    ‘It’s almost too late:’ Canada protects honey bees but native bee species are becoming endangered
    Wild bees are responsible for every one in three bites of food at the supper table, but are dying off, while honey bees steal the spotlight (because they are money makers).
    National Post: Jul 31, 2019: Bobby Hristova
    “I’m concerned this isn’t a chicken little thing,” she said. “I don’t think we’ve recognized the value of pollinators and haven’t done much in the way of addressing the problem … Ecosystems without pollinators would be in a very depraved situation.”
    Wild bee species are responsible for every one in three bites of food at the supper table and help maintain natural ecosystems, but the government has no standard measures for counting or protecting them.
    All bees face some of the same threats including a lack of biodiversity, climate change and pesticides but, wild bees also have to deal with fewer habitats and a lack of food, moving into the urban sprawl for a chance at survival.
    “Cities are a refuge for wild bees because of (fewer) pesticides and insecticides…” Colla said. “Cities are pesticide free and buffer against climate change because people plant and water flowers, but in recent years, more people bring honey bee hives into cities and they compete with wild bees.”
    Experts say replacing beehives in cities with gardens full of native plants, especially ones that blossom in April and sending pictures of bees in the wild to research projects are some of the ways people can help.


      1. It would take you a lifetime to train that bee to come to you at that exact moment, it simply gravitated to your message and your kindness 🙂


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