The Fire Ant Wars: Nature, Science, and Public Policy in by Joshua Blu Buhs

By Joshua Blu Buhs

Sometime within the first half the 20 th century, a coterie of fireplace ants got here ashore from South American ships docked in cellular, Alabama. Fanning out around the sector, the hearth ants invaded the South, harmful plants, harassing video game animals, and hindering harvesting tools. Responding to a collective name from southerners to dispose of those invasive pests, the U.S. division of Agriculture built a crusade that not just didn't remove the hearth ants yet left a wake of lifeless natural world, sickened livestock, and public protest.

With political intrigue, environmental tragedy, and such figures as Rachel Carson and E. O. Wilson, The hearth Ant Wars is a grippingly perceptive story of fixing social attitudes and clinical practices. Tracing the political and clinical eradication campaigns, Joshua Buhs's bracing learn makes use of the saga as a method to think about twentieth-century American innovations of nature and environmental stewardship. In telling the tale, Buhs explores how human recommendations of nature evolve and the way those rules impact the usual and social worlds.

Spotlighting a specific factor to debate greater questions of technological know-how, public perceptions, and public policy—from pre-environmental knowledge to the activist years of the early environmental movement—The fireplace Ant Wars will attract historians of technology, environmentalists, and biologists alike.

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