US Census features “Silent Spring”

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for April 13: An Important Book

WASHINGTON, April 12 /U.S. Newswire/ — Following is the daily "Profile America" feature for Thursday, April 13 from the U.S. Census Bureau:

Profile America —- Thursday, April 13. One of the most influential books of the last century was published on this day in 1962 —- Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring." The book, which warned of the dangers of indiscriminate use of chemical pesticides, was immensely popular but also controversial. Its themes were that all species on earth exist in an interrelated way and that not enough was known about the long-term effects of pesticide use. The impact of Carson's book led to the banning of the use of DDT in the U.S. and helped form the movement to protect the environment. Today, farmers across the country use 500-million pounds of pesticides each year to protect their crops. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at

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