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The Fire Ant Wars : Nature, Science and Public Policy in Twentieth-century America - J.B. Buhs

The Fire Ant Wars

Nature, Science and Public Policy in Twentieth-century America

By: J.B. Buhs

Paperback Published: 1st December 2004
ISBN: 9780226079820
Number Of Pages: 256

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Sometime in the first half of the twentieth century, a coterie of fire ants came ashore from South American ships docked in Mobile, Alabama. Fanning out across the region, the fire ants invaded the South, damaging crops, harassing game animals, and hindering harvesting methods. Responding to a collective call from southerners to eliminate these invasive pests, the U.S. Department of Agriculture developed a campaign that not only failed to eradicate the fire ants but left a wake of dead wildlife, sickened cattle, and public protest.
With political intrigue, environmental tragedy, and such figures as Rachel Carson and E. O. Wilson, "The Fire Ant Wars" is a grippingly perceptive tale of changing social attitudes and scientific practices. Tracing the political and scientific eradication campaigns, Joshua Buhs's bracing study uses the saga as a means to consider twentieth-century American concepts of nature and environmental stewardship. In telling the story, Buhs explores how human concepts of nature evolve and how these ideas affect the natural and social worlds.
Spotlighting a particular issue to discuss larger questions of science, public perceptions, and public policy--from pre-environmental awareness to the activist years of the early environmental movement--"The Fire Ant Wars" will appeal to historians of science, environmentalists, and biologists alike.

From South America to the American South, 1900-1950
Grins a Prohibitive Fracture, 1945-1957
Fire Ants, from Savage to Invincible, 1957-1972
The Fire Ant Wars, 1958-1983
The Practice of Nature, 1978-2000
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ISBN: 9780226079820
ISBN-10: 0226079821
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 14.1  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 2