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By Bill Berry

On a December day in 1968, DDT went on trial in Madison, Wisconsin. In Banning DDT: How Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Way, invoice Berry info how the voters, scientists, newshounds, and standard conservationists drew cognizance to the dangerous results of "the miracle pesticide" DDT, which used to be getting used to regulate Dutch elm disease.

Berry tells of the hunters and fishers, bird-watchers, and garden-club women like Lorrie Otto, who dropped off twenty-eight lifeless robins on the Bayside village places of work. He tells of collage professors and scientists like Joseph Hickey, a professor and researcher within the division of natural world administration in on the collage of Wisconsin–Madison, who, years after the very fact, wept concerning the suppression of a few of his early DDT learn. And he tells of activists like Senator Gaylord Nelson and contributors of the state's voters common assets who rallied the cause.

The Madison trial used to be one of many first for the Environmental security Fund. The nationwide Audubon Society helped safe the greater than $52,000 in donations that offset the environmentalists' expenditures linked to the listening to. this present day, nearly each connection with the historical past of DDT mentions the impression of Wisconsin's battles.

The six-month-long DDT listening to was once one of many first chapters in citizen activism within the glossy environmental period. Banning DDT is a compelling tale of ways citizen activism, technological know-how, and legislations merged in Wisconsin's DDT battles to forge a brand new strategy to accomplish public coverage. those citizen activists have been inspired by way of the assumption that all of us deserve a voice at the health and wellbeing of the land and water that maintain us.

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