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Kinkela, David
DDT and the American century : global health, environmental politics, and the pesticide that changed the world / David Kinkela
Alternate Title Global health, environmental politics, and the pesticide that changed the world
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011
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Subject(s) DDT (Insecticide) -- History -- 20th century
Insect pests -- Control -- History -- 20th century
DDT (Insecticide) -- Environmental aspects
Physical Description xiv, 256 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Summary In DDT and the American Century, David Kinkela chronicles the use of DDT around the world from 1941 to the present with a particular focus on the United States, which has played a critical role in encouraging the global use of the pesticide. The banning of DDT in the United States in 1972 is generally regarded as a signal triumph for the American environmental movement. Yet DDT's function as a tool of U.S. foreign policy and its use in international development projects designed to solve problems of disease and famine made it an integral component of the so-called American Century.--[book cover]
Contents DDT and the American century -- An island in a sea of disease : DDT enters a global war -- Disease, DDT, and development : the American century in Italy -- Science in the service of agriculture : DDT and the beginning of the green revolution in Mexico -- The age of wreckers and exterminators : eradication in the postwar world -- Green revolutions in conflict : debating Silent spring, food, and science during the Cold War -- It's all or nothing : debating DDT and development under the law -- One man's pesticide is another man's poison : the controversy continues -- Rethinking DDT in a global age
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-248) and index
Series Luther H. Hodges, Jr. and Luther H. Hodges, Sr. series on business, society, & the state

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