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Published June 14, 2024

From DDT to SGARs, Audubon Society of Rhode Island Advocates Against Pesticides

By Phoenix Wheeler, Audubon Director of Advocacy

Introduced in the 1940s, DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) was widely used to control insect-borne human and livestock diseases. Its dangerous properties, made widely public by Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book Silent Spring, would lead to the disastrous population decline of Osprey, Bald Eagle, and many other Avian species. Humans were also impacted; studies have found up to the third generation after those exposed experience detrimental health impacts from DDT.

The Fight Continues: Neonics

Audubon is committed to continuing the advocacy on neonics until they are banned statewide. You can help ensure that the regulation of these dangerous chemicals remains a priority by using your consumer power when interacting with landscapers, HOAs, and nurseries.

Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides

Click here to sign the petition to support banning SGARs in Rhode Island!

Top Image: Rachel Carson at her summer home in Boothbay Harbor Maine USA, Sept. 4th 1962 © CBS Photo Archive/Getty

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