|Through her book, Silent Spring, and subsequent testimony before the U.S. Congress, Rachel Carson (1907-1964) made a monumental contribution to our understanding and prevention of the devastating environmental and health effects of D.D.T. and other widely-used synthetic, persistent pesticides. For her work, Carson was the subject of attack by the chemical industry, the medical community, and some in the government who sought to discredit her and her research. Carson's work and her courage in its defense led to a ban on D.D.T., the passage of laws regulating pesticides, and the formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The extraordinary contributions of Theodora Emily Colborn, Ph.D., for pioneering and courageous contributions to the field of endocrine disruption continue Rachel Carson's legacy of integrity, courage, dignity, and scientific excellence.
As a scientist formerly with the World Wildlife Fund, Dr. Colborn has, through her and her colleagues' (John Peterson Myers and Dianne Dumanoski) scientific detective story Our Stolen Future, revealed the common link that hormone-disrupting chemicals have on the development of the reproductive, metabolic, and immune systems and the brain of humans and animals, connecting hundreds of seemingly unrelated scientific studies for her work. The chemical industry has mounted continual public relations assaults to discredit Dr. Colborn and her research.
Dr. Colborn's work was instrumental in alerting the public to the potentially detrimental effects that thousands of man-made chemicals pose to pre-and post-natal development and creating the Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Program within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the result of two congressional mandates.