Happy Anniversary Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson wrote and published Silent Spring 50 years ago. While she didn’t start the environmental movement in America, her book encouraged discussion about the dangers of pesticides, the need for labeling and the responsible use of chemicals in the environment. She’s been demonized by industry for her role in labeling requirements, but that fact remains that people have a right to know what’s in the products and foods they consume.

People in California will be exercising that right next week when they vote on Proposition 37 which concerns the labeling of foods containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Industry is spending millions of dollars to influence the outcome of that vote in their favor. Let’s hope the influence Silent Spring had can lead a new generation in making positive change for the health of people and the environment.

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