Summary and Critiques on the “Silent Spring” by Rachel CarsonChapter 3 - Elixirs of DeathSummary“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 till death” (12). This quote by Carson is scary but unfortunately true. After years of use of synthetic pesticides, they are everywhere, from underground streams to mother’s milk. They were first introduced in WWII, and they were tested on insects. Scientists discovered they could effectively kill insects, and began using them too much. The problem with synthetic pesticides is that they can change the bodily process, and destroy the protective enzymes, and potentially cause cancer. Unfortunately, every year new synthetic pesticides are introduced. Synthetic pesticides contain arsenic, which can kill livestock, wildlife, and can cause epidemics in the human population. One synthetic pesticide is DDT, and it contains chlorinated hydrocarbons, which was created by permutations on the carbon atom.
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