The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Office of Pesticide Programs handles most of the issues involving pesticide issues. The FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act) allows the EPA to choose which pesticides can be used and how they can be used in the United States. Each pesticide made must be registered and checked by the EPA before is can be sold to the public, however, if the pesticide doesn 't meet certain regulations made by the EPA while it is registered and deemed safe and whatnot, the EPA has the authority to cancel the pesticide and discontinue its sale. (This paragraph is also going to stand for what should have been the fourth paragraph, considering that this topic is about regulations for pesticides.)
On the other hand, pesticides are not a good idea because, they are in the food we eat and water we drink. These Pesticides are hurting tens of thousands of animals and humans each and every day and we don´t even realize it either. Pesticides are in everything they are in the food we eat and the air we breath and even in the water we drink. Also, does it ever make you wander is the food we eat safe and the other the things that pesticides effect that affect are they really safe for me to be eating or even drinking. While, you still stuck on that kind of problem you will not belive what else they hurt are honey bees and the honey we eat.
When bees are in contact with the toxic pesticides, they may also be intoxicated and not be able to find their way home. Who would have known that pesticides, created for better crops, would cause more harm than good? It is like a nefarious virus humans created that in fact is themselves and everything around them. So, what can we do to help out?
Carson is spreading the word about pesticides to anyone who wants to know because she believes that its the people right to know and that the governments and organizations should not be hiding information about them. Towards the end of Chapter 7 I feel as if this quote is directed right at the public “The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized. ”(98). Another example of Carson’s tone is that there are many places throughout the book that shes use the word “our” as referring to everyone in the world.
Millions of animal bodies, many of which are contaminated with toxic or hazardous chemicals, viruses, infectious diseases, etc., are discarded after use in research and testing every year. The toxic effects of animal research can be long-lasting. Among the reasons several Superfund sites continue to be environmental hazards is animal testing. Twenty years after the experiments, the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of California Davis are still cleaning up an animal research facility that tested the effects of radiation on hundreds of beagles. Antifreeze that contains ethylene glycol has a sweet taste that attracts animals but is deadly if consumed in even small quantities; one teaspoon can kill a seven-pound cat.
Per the EPA: Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this Nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.
Yes even man’s best friend isn’t exempt from being injected with drugs and diseases in the name of science. These companies have continued their evil in the dark, in countries with little to no regulation on animal testing. The only way to stop these companies from experimenting on and abusing animals is to show them that they no longer operate in the shadows, but their wrongdoings are on display for the world to see, and that the world does not like what it sees. We must patronize companies with principles, and encourage others to follow. I am just as guilty as everyone in this room, I too have used these products, and it is up to all of us to stand together against these horrific experiments on animals.
In today’s world, there are many people creating new chemical substances that has negative effect to our world. Rachel Carson, in her article "The Obligation to Endure" argues that the pesticides and other chemicals we use are harmful to more than just the environment. I agree with Carson in her article, in that we should reduce most of the harmful chemical use and instead use technological inventions. Carson is a person who seems very passionate about the environment and is very concerned of its inhabitants. It is hard to believe that intelligent human beings would use bad chemicals substances that would affect the environment and themselves negatively.
The health of the workers spraying pesticides in cotton fields and its inhabitants are badly affected. There by causing symptoms like headache, nausea, tremors, depression, seizures, loss of consciousness, and, in some extreme cases – death. Empty pesticides containers are reused which again harm the environment and leaves its negative effect on the health of its users. The use of such toxic leads to air, water and soil pollution. Apart from the pests, pesticides also cause great harm and leads to death of small animals and birds consuming them inadvertently.
Techniques in modern agriculture cause disease and health issues when people simply eat fruits and vegetables that are supposed to be good for you. A recent study completed by CNN’s Jacqueline Howard shows how pesticides pose a threat to women. The study was conducted of 325 women with ages ranging from 18-45 years old receiving infertility treatment. The study tested the effects of eating food that have been treated with pesticides. The study results showed, “...those who ate 2.3 servings or more had 18% lower probability of getting pregnant, and 26% lower probability of giving birth to a live baby” (Howard).
Endangered Species Act Throughout history, there have been many species that have passed through our planet, earth. Some have survived for millions and millions of years, and others… well, they weren’t so lucky. According to Biologicaldiversity.org, many scientists believe that as of now, “our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals.” Many scientist claim that species are dying out at 1,000 to 10,000 times the normal rate (the normal rate being 5-6 species per year) at this rate, as many as 30 to 50 percent of all species may be extinct by mid-century. This is why in 1972, “President Richard Nixon declared conservational efforts in the United States aimed toward preventing the extinction of species.”
This is what Rachel Carson was trying to tell the world in her essay “Pesticides”. Rachel Carson is a well-known marine biologist and environmental author. She is very knowledgeable about the environmental effects that humans have on nature. In her essay, “Pesticides”, she talks about how pesticides harm the environment, and in turn, harm us. She also says how man has made a war against nature, and it will end with the demise of both sides.
Atrazine’s Impact on Frogs Atrazine is the most common herbicide used by farmers all over the world to destroy weeds. It is most widely used on corn in the U.S., especially in the Midwest. However, atrazine has been proven to have many side effects which include contamination of the ground and surface water, and reproductive changes in fish, amphibians, reptiles and human cell lines due to its role as a strong endocrine disruptor (Graymore et al, 2001). The present study aims to find out the reproductive consequences of atrazine exposure in male African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis). The authors’ hypothesis is that atrazine-exposed male frogs might show demasculinization symptoms such as low testosterone levels and decreased fertility (Hayes
Review of Literature Environmental issues began to be discussed and debated only towards the end of the 20th century. Since then significant amount of literature has been penned down raising awareness about issues of pollution, deforestation, animal rights and several others however it has failed to result in major changes, ideas or even actions to save the environment. Several species of animals have become extinct; pollution level is at an all-time high, global warming is leading to severe climate changes all across the globe but these problems do not seem to alarm the decision makers. Leydier & Martin (2013) also states that, “despite the increasing expression of concern in political and media debates about issues such as climate change, pollution and threats to biodiversity, “political ecology” (operating at the confluence of scientific developments, political engagement and ethical debates) is still trying to find its bearings” (p.7). It is quite evident that environmental issues are not treated in equivalence to political, economic, social or even religious issues.
It is essential to take actions to protect wildlife from extinction. By doing so, we do not only ensure their survival, but also ensure the diversity of the ecosystem. If wildlife is eliminated from its natural habitat, the delicate balance of the ecosystem will be disturbed, which will impact the entire food chain. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “one lost plant species can lead to the loss of 30 other insects, plant, and other animal species found in the higher levels of the food chain. These individual species of plants or animals are sometimes called the keystone species. If that species is removed, the entire ecosystem will be changed terribly.”