Reason and Revision
Well, that's bogus, and, over at the excellent science blog, Deltoid, Tim Lambert sets the record straight with two succinct and crucial points. First:
Because of Carson, the agricultural use of DDT was banned, but not the anti-malarial use of DDT and it has continued to be used to this day.And second:
... banning the agricultural use of DDT saved lives by slowing the development of resistance. Furthermore this is exactly the case Carson made in Silent Spring, warning that overuse would destroy the effectiveness of insecticides.This is not to say that the popular reaction against DDT didn't get carried away. As in any debate, the truth is more in the middle than on the margins. And, as with any technology, the trick is to use it judiciously.