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SILENT SPRING: TRAINING IN THE ART OF PEST WARFARE

 

When you see photographs of people applying pesticides in the 1940s and 1950s, what do you notice? Most obviously, they are not wearing any protective clothing.

Fifty years ago, most people applying pesticides for agriculture or human health had little if any training in how the pesticides should be used or how to keep themselves protected from possible adverse effects.

Since the publication of Silent Spring, people have become much more careful in how they use pesticides.

There is greater awareness that even if a pesticide is designated as safe to use, this is only if it is applied according to the proper instructions. It is also better to be safe than sorry, so wearing protective clothing is advised for anyone applying pesticides in large quantities.

People in the US who apply pesticides as part of their jobs must now be trained in how to use the chemicals safely.