Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Bitter Fog

Has anyone reading this post yet read Carol van Strum's A Bitter Fog: Herbicides and Human Rights? If so, what did you learn from this book? This 1983 book details the effects of herbicides sprayed in the Coast Range of Oregon to facilitate the growth of Douglas Fir industrial tree farms (aka managed forests). I haven't read it yet myself but it's high up on my reading list. I'll post about it when I read it.

The image above is a screen shot of a 1991 article in the Eugene Register-Guard on van Strum and the topic of chemical warfare in Oregon's Coast Range[1].

Here's a link about herbicide and pesticide use in forestry.

Here's a review of van Strum's book from The Quarterly Review of Biology.


[1] Joe Mosely, "Battling Through a Bitter Fog," Eugene Register-Guard, June 16 1991, pp. A1, A4. See this link.


1 comment:

  1. Read the book James! I met both Carol Van Strum and Paul Merrell years ago, have read her book several times, and admire both of them for the incredible courage they have displayed in both the fight against the poisoning of our children, forests and streams and in fighting for the rights of the veterans exposed to Agent Orange. They are incredibly dedicated people and I have always been convinced that the loss of her children in that house fire was a warning to her to back away from her fight against the Forest Service and corporations. These fights took place while you were very young, but the same spraying poisoned the Siletz area, made people and animals sick and destroyed the birds. The forests have been so quiet since those days.