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Banning DDT: How Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Wayby Bill Berry
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On a December day in 1968, DDT went on trial in Madison, Wisconsin. In Banning DDT: How Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Way, Bill Berry details how the citizens, scientists, reporters, and traditional conservationists drew attention to the harmful effects of and#147;the miracle pesticideand#8221; DDT, which was being used to control Dutch elm disease.
Berry tells of the hunters and fishers, bird-watchers, and garden-club ladies like Lorrie Otto, who dropped off twenty-eight dead robins at the Bayside village offices. He tells of university professors and scientists like Joseph Hickey, a professor and researcher in the Department of Wildlife Management in at the University of Wisconsinand#150;Madison, who, years after the fact, wept about the suppression of some of his early DDT research. And he tells of activists like Senator Gaylord Nelson and members of the stateand#8217;s Citizens Natural Resources who rallied the cause.
The Madison trial was one of the first for the Environmental Defense Fund. The National Audubon Society helped secure the more than $52,000 in donations that offset the environmentalistsand#8217; costs associated with the hearing. Today, virtually every reference to the history of DDT mentions the impact of Wisconsinand#8217;s battles.
The six-month-long DDT hearing was one of the first chapters in citizen activism in the modern environmental era. Banning DDT is a compelling story of how citizen activism, science, and law merged in Wisconsinand#8217;s DDT battles to forge a new way to accomplish public policy. These citizen activists were motivated by the belief that we all deserve a voice on the health of the land and water that sustain us.
Banning DDT: How Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Way is the story of the garden club ladies, hunters and fishers, bird-watchers, university professors and scientists, newspaper reporters and columnists, and traditional conservationists who drew attention to the harmful effects of and#147;the miracle pesticideand#8221; DDT, which was being used to control Dutch elm disease. The six-month-long DDT hearing in Madison, Wisconsin, which began in December 1968, was one of the first chapters of citizen activism in the modern environmental era.
About the Author
Bill Berry grew up in Green Bay and earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsinand#150;River Falls. After more than twenty years as a reporter, columnist, and editor for several daily newspapers, he redirected his energy to communicate about conservation and agriculture. This work has taken him across the United States to learn and teach about private lands conservation. A columnist for the Capital Times of Madison, he lives in Stevens Point with his wife and is the father of two daughters.
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