The Dangers and Power of Pesticides
Rachel Carson writes of how pesticides and human interferences with nature have changed the course of the human races future. Carson describes the drastic changes and mutations in nature that pesticides have introduced by the pesticides. She then goes on to describe the effects of the pesticides on people and the animals. Also Carson talks about the long term effects and how they will affect our descendants. Carson’s essay tells of the consequences and havoc that will occur. Carson describes the slippery slope that the human race has started down with the use of pesticides. The use of pesticides does not actually kill off one hundred percent of the pests and weeds that it intends to kill. The poisons will indeed kill most of the insects, rodents, and weeds that they are intended to kill. But what survives after the spraying occurs is a pest that has been exposed to the pesticide. When the animal or weed is introduced to the pesticide its immune system adapt to the poison. These mutations are what lead to the slippery slope. Each surviving pest procreating, leaving its offspring with the adapted immune system, therefore the pesticide must be changed in order kill 2
the new mutated pests. So eventually more and more pesticides are created to protect the crop. Carson says, “destructive insects often undergo a ‘flareback’ or resurgence, after spraying, in numbers greater than before” (8) Not only must researchers develop new pesticides, but also farmers need to use more. The farmers use the poison for temporary relief from the pest problems confronting them. The pesticides are a quick and easy solution for a pest issue that, ironically, have left people with a larger and stronger force of pests. Carson says that the problem is not actually with the pests, but with overproduction in farming. She argues that the aim of researchers and the government should be fix overproduction instead of dealing...