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Blazing a TrailMichael Pollan has been compared to marine biologist and conservationist, Rachel Carson, who is credited with launching the enviromental movement with the publication of her 1962 book, Silent Spring. This book, which documented the detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment and challenged the practices of agricultural scientists and the government, motivated a generation to take action. In 2006 it was chosen as one of the "25 Greatest Science Books of All Time" by Discover Magazine, listed 16th among such ground-breaking works as Charles Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle (1845) and The Origin of Species, and Albert Einstein's Relativity: The Special and General Theory (1916) to name a few.
"[Michael] Pollen's work ... brings similar attention to the environmental and public health risks of industrial agriculture, which relies on the massive use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers to produce only a few staple crops (primarily corn, wheat and soy)." 1
A little more about Rachel Carson:
1 "Michael Pollan Delivers Lecture on How We Eat," Columbia University, accessed June 11, 2012, http://news.columbia.edu/oncampus/1476.
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