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nutrition lab at American Cyanamid, 1960s
Robert White-Stevens

Stevens is a chemist at Rutgers University and Assistant Director of the Agricultural Research Division of American Cyanimid, a producer of chemical pesticides. He has been an outspoken critic of Carson, well exemplified by his recent appearance on CBS Reports. Consider also the work of colleague Thomas Jukes.

Be sure to review Chaps. 1,2,3,7,(13),15 in Silent Spring. You should be able to comment on Carson's credibility, the benefits of pesticides, [lack of] harm to non-target species(?), food safety(?), and the balance and control of nature.


  • CBS Reports. "Rachel Carson's Silent Spring." [audio recording]. See Guide.
  • White-Stevens, Robert. 1963. Croplife: A Business Paper for the Farm Chemical Industry.
  • "The Chemicals Around Us." [viewpoint] Chemical Week (July 14, 1962): 5.
  • "Nature is for the Birds." [viewpoint] Chemical Week (July 28, 1962): 5.
  • Darby, William J. 1962. "Silence, Miss Carson". Chem. & Eng. News (Oct. 1): 62-63.
  • White-Stevens, Robert (ed.). 1971. Pesticides in the Environment, Part 2. New York: Marcel Decker. [Note the date -- valid for orientation, but not yet published in 1963.]
  • White-Stevens, Robert. 1972. "A Perspective on Pesticides." USGA Green Section Record 10(4, July-Aug.): 17-21. URL: [Nov. 12, 2006]. Open copy here.
  • last revised July 27, 2008