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Nation-States and the Global EnvironmentNew Approaches to International Environmental History$
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Erika Marie Bsumek, David Kinkela, and Mark Atwood Lawrence

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199755356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755356.001.0001

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The Paradox of US Pesticide Policy during the Age of Ecology

The Paradox of US Pesticide Policy during the Age of Ecology

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(p.115) 6 The Paradox of US Pesticide Policy during the Age of Ecology
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Nation-States and the Global Environment
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David Kinkela

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755356.003.0007

This chapter examines the history of the chemical pesticide DDT after the United States banned its use in 1972. It explores how U.S. policy makers, environmental activists, and chemical corporations shaped federal pesticide regulation throughout the 1970s. During this period, the global marketplace for DDT and other chemical pesticides exploded, as domestic and foreign chemical corporations marketed their products around the world. The dramatic increase of pesticide consumption worldwide called into question the limits of state power. This chapter considers the regulatory limits of the nation-state and its impact on the global environment by situating the history of U.S. pesticide regulation in an international context.

Keywords:   ddt, pesticides, u.s. department of state, montrose chemical corporation

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