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DDT and the American century : global health, environmental politics, and the pesticide that changed the world

Author: David Kinkela
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2011.
Series: Luther H. Hodges Jr. and Luther H. Hodges Sr. series on business, society, and the state.
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In DDT and the American Century, David Kinkela chronicles the use of DDT around the world from 1941 to the present with a particular focus on the United States, which has played a critical role in encouraging the global use of the pesticide. The banning of DDT in the United States in 1972 is generally regarded as a signal triumph for the American environmental movement. Yet DDT's function as a tool of U.S. foreign  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historia
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Kinkela
ISBN: 9780807835098 0807835099
OCLC Number: 934360239
Description: XIV, 256 p. : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: DDT and the American century --
An island in a sea of disease : DDT enters a global war --
Disease, DDT, and development : the American century in Italy --
Science in the service of agriculture : DDT and the beginning of the green revolution in Mexico --
The age of wreckers and exterminators : eradication in the postwar world --
Green revolutions in conflict : debating Silent spring, food, and science during the Cold War --
It's all or nothing : debating DDT and development under the law --
One man's pesticide is another man's poison : the controversy continues --
Rethinking DDT in a global age.
Series Title: Luther H. Hodges Jr. and Luther H. Hodges Sr. series on business, society, and the state.
Responsibility: David Kinkela.

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In DDT and the American Century, David Kinkela chronicles the use of DDT around the world from 1941 to the present with a particular focus on the United States, which has played a critical role in encouraging the global use of the pesticide. The banning of DDT in the United States in 1972 is generally regarded as a signal triumph for the American environmental movement. Yet DDT's function as a tool of U.S. foreign policy and its use in international development projects designed to solve problems of disease and famine made it an integral component of the so-called American Century.--[book cover].

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A well-written and interesting book. Environmental scientists, chemists, legal scholars, and historians from all perspectives would benefit from reading this book.--Chemical &Engineering News This is Read more...

 
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