Frederick Rowe Davis is Professor and the R. Mark Lubbers Chair in the History of Science in the Department of History at Purdue University. He studied the history of science and medicine at Harvard, the University of Florida, and Yale where he received his Ph.D. His research interests lie at the intersection of the history of environmental science, environmental health, and environmental history. Davis recently published “Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology” (Yale University Press). He also wrote “The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles: Archie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology” (Oxford University Press). Davis is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
When the EPA banned DDT late in 1972, environmentalists hailed the decision. Indeed, the DDT Ban became a symbol of the power of environmental activism in America. Since the ban, several species that were decimated by the effects of DDT have recovered. What pesticides did farmers use in the aftermath of the DDT ban? Were the alternatives safer for ecosystems, wildlife, and humans? Drawing on scientific research and environmental policy, “Banned” examines the pesticides utilized in agriculture after the DDT Ban and the hazards associated with their use.