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Year 2006
Publisher National Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Language English

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Carson's Letter to Reader's Digest

The following is a paraphrase of an excerpt from the letter Rachel Carson sent to Reader's Digest in 1945 offering to write an article about the dangers of DDT:


The experiments at Patuxent have been planned to show what effects DDT may have if applied to wide areas: how it will affect insects, waterfowl, or birds that depend on insect food, and whether the use of DDT may upset the whole delicate balance of nature * (Stwertka, p. 37).

Cite this page: "Carson's Letter to Reader's Digest" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 7/6/2006 OEC Accessed: Friday, November 24, 2017 <www.onlineethics.org/Topics/ProfPractice/Exemplars/BehavingWell/carsonindex/letterRD.aspx>