Article ID: CBB001251551

Toxic Fables: The Advertising and Marketing of Agricultural Chemicals in the Great Plains, 1945--1985 (2012)


Vail, David D. (Author)

Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Volume: 36, no. 4
Issue: 4
Pages: 165-173

Publication Date: 2012
Edition Details: Part of a special issue, “Silent Spring after Fifty Years”
Language: English

This paper examines how pesticides and their technolo- gies were sold to farmers and pilots throughout the midtwentieth century. It principally considers how mar- keting rhetoric and advertisement strategies used by chemical companies and aerial spraying firms influenced the practices and perspectives of farm producers in the Great Plains. In order to convince landowners and agri- cultural leaders to buy their pesticides, chemical compa- nies generated advertisements that championed local crop health, mixture accuracy, livestock safety and a chemical-farming `way of life' that kept fields healthy and productive. Combining notions of safety, accuracy and professionalism with pest eradication messages rein- forced the standards that landowners, pilots and agricul- turalists would hold regarding toxicity and risk when spraying their fields. As the politics of health changed in the aftermath of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, these companies and aerial spraying outfits responded by keep- ing to a vision of agricultural health that required

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Authors & Contributors
Cohen, Benjamin R.
Hurt, R. Douglas
Mitchell, R. Wallace
Tarleton, Raymond J.
Nash, Linda
Pawley, Emily
Agricultural History
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Science as Culture
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Environment and History
American Association of Cereal Chemists
Yale University Press
Harvard University Press
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
University Press of Kansas
Pesticides; insecticides
Agricultural chemistry
Environmental history
Carson, Rachel Louise
Time Periods
20th century, late
19th century
20th century
18th century
21st century
20th century, early
United States
Great Plains (North America)
Great Britain
California (U.S.)
Great Lakes (North America)

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