BUGS OR PEOPLE? by Wheeler McMillen


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There won't be a Silent Spring after all! According to this survey of insect pests vs. man, Rachel Carson's account of the perils of insecticides was overemotional and exaggerated. The bug-killers aren't really dangerous if used properly. In fact they are absolutely vital in our struggle against the Little Horrors, who would swiftly take over the world if we let them. It's Bugs or People, take your choice. As for the writer, he doesn't like bugs at all. They dirty and defile; they corrupt and cripple; taint and contaminate. A large part of the book is thus devoted to cataloguing the evils of the various insect pests from bedbug to bollweevil, with rats and weeds thrown in for good measure. In his bias against them the writer is perhaps as guilty of emotionalism as Miss Carson. But the scientific facts are there -- as is the reader interest generated by her best-seller. An entomological polemic.

Pub Date: Dec. 3rd, 1965
Publisher: Appleton-Century