Ira L. Baldwin 's The Biological Weapons Program During World War II
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Ira L. Baldwin Review Ira Baldwin was born in the state of Indiana in 1895. His youth was spent on a 40 acre farm that his family owned. Growing up on a farm gave Baldwin a unique perspective. He saw the devastation of what insects and pest could do to their crops. To pay his way through college, he did what many farmers’ sons would do. He sold ducks and husked corn in order to get the money he needed.
Baldwin had many accomplishments during his lifetime. He attended Purdue and then the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he obtained his PHD. He later became faculty at the college as an agriculture bacteriologist. He wrote an article called “ Chemicals and Pests.” He was also the director of the biological weapons program during World War II. After the war, he became the Vice President of academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin. Someone who has these achievements must be highly respected in their field.
As many public issues began to arise over the use of pesticides, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring. Ira Baldwin reviewed the book revealing that it is one sided and only tells the negative side of using pesticides. She did significant research on the issues that go along with the use of pesticides but left out the entirety of the benefits and contributions of their use. It does nothing to indicate all of the positive ways that pesticides benefit the lives of humans daily. In his article, Ira says, “I can understand that the author felt it necessary to