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Ghostworkers and GreensThe Cooperative Campaigns of Farmworkers and Environmentalists for Pesticide Reform$
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Adam Tompkins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801456688

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801456688.001.0001

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Sowing the Seeds of Chemical Dependency

Sowing the Seeds of Chemical Dependency

(p.15) 1 Sowing the Seeds of Chemical Dependency
Ghostworkers and Greens

Adam Tompkins

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how a chemically intensive, industrial-style agriculture developed in the United States. At the end of World War II, many growers began using agricultural chemicals as their primary means of pest control. While pesticides had long been used in the United States prior to the introduction of synthetic chemicals, they were increasingly embraced after 1945 and saturated the country beginning in the 1960s. This chapter considers how growers came to believe that pesticides were an indispensable necessity in their ongoing war against insect predators. It also discusses changes in government agencies and professions connected with agriculture, along with the evolution of clientele politics and pesticide regulation through the Federal, Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act of 1947.

Keywords:   agriculture, agricultural chemicals, pest control, pesticides, clientele politics, pesticide regulation

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