Pesticide HW 1 chapt 3 - Eric Russo Pesticides, public...

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Eric Russo Pesticides, public policy, and the environment Homework Assignment 1: Chapter 3 Elixirs of Death “For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.”(Carson, pg.15) This is a very powerful way to start off a chapter, Carson wants people to understand that everyone, even the people that have never touched a chemical in their life, are affected by pesticides. In chapter 3 of Silent Spring , Carson describes many of the chemicals being used in the war against pests, and how deadly these can be to everything they come into contact with. Production of these chemicals in the U.S increased from 124,259,000 in 1947 to 637,666,000. One of these chemicals is DDT, which is a chlorinated hydrocarbon, and was originally used to kill the lice of soldiers, refugees and prisoners during the war. In the 1960’s though, DDT was used to kill many different pests in the environment, and was blanket sprayed all over the U.S. In the act of spraying DDT to rid of pest insects, it was landing on many crops and foodstuffs in which were fed to animals and humans. Unfortunately DDT is poisonous to animals and humans
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