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what larger questions should we be asking about the examples in this book?
ecological threats:

potato beetle
Czechoslovakians accused the US of purposefully spreading potato beetles
this could be of military value--not knowing whether something was done purposefully or happened naturally

British worried about disease being introduced to rubber plantations
In Malaysia sought to combat communist rebels by

During and after WWII many insects were introduced via large-scale trade in food
the difficulty of controlling these led scientists to conclude that insects and diseases would be more effective than herbicides

Charles Elton, Ecology of Invasions (1958)cover of a book on the
                legacy of Elton

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (1962)

Research at Fort Detrick in Maryland studied spreading diseases

Scientists doing such research kept discovering new complications

Chemical weapons yesterday in Syria