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Up until 1962, DDT was sprayed EVERYWHERE, meaning daily on average city streets, and all around people. Ads were even made with the slogan "DDT is good for meeeee!" and with video footage of DDT being sprayed in gigantic clouds at children to prove it was harmless. In 1962, Rachel Carson brought attention to the potential negative effects of DDT, which she observed as huge populations of birds dropped dead from the chemical.
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