PBS show on Rachel Carson and Silent Spring would include "interviews with foes and friends." The interviews with "foes" were with only one person: myself. The only other opponent was Professor Robert White-Stevens of Rutgers University, who died several years ago and thus, for obvious reasons, was not interviewed. Instead, two or three selected film clips were shown, to represent him as a spokesman for the pesticide industry. Several "friends" came on camera for a total of about 30 times, plus a number of character witnesses.

Topics that were not mentioned were the use of DDT by the World Health Organization, and the fact that it saved millions of lives from malaria. I had discussed such matters when I was videotaped, but these parts of the tape were not used.

Department of Integrative Biology
University of California

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