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If that cookie is DDT-free, thank Rachel Carson

Posted by Ralph Ranalli November 15, 2007 10:09 AM

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Rachel Carson in 1951
(Globe archive photo)

WELLESLEY

The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission will celebrate the 100th anniversary of a pioneer conservationist who was once named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

A National Book Award winner and contributor to the New Yorker magazine, Rachel Carson won acclaim for drawing attention to the dangers of DDT and other chemical pesticides in the 1950s, when the federal government was endorsing their widespread use.

The commission celebration will include a short talk and documentary film about her life, as well as a discussion of how to reduce pesticide use on lawns today. The presentation will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Wellesley Free Library.

Coffee and (pesticide-free) refreshments will be served.

-- Lisa Keen

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