Pesticides and Their Place in Modern Life

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Dr. T. Gould
ENG 111, Section 005C
June 6, 2007
Pesticides and their place in modern life In “A Fable for Tomorrow”, the introduction to her book Silent Spring, a marine biologist Rachel Carson showed that indiscriminate use of pesticides is harmful and can make the earth unfit for life. Although Carson was a scientist, she chose to use fairy-tale style of language to attract the attention of a large audience to the problem. And she did it successfully. Published in 1962, Silent Spring became a cornerstone of modern environmentalism and spurred changes to the laws. First, on an example of imaginary town, Carson showed a world without pesticides, where “ all life seemed to live in harmony with its surrounding”(469). Farms were prosperous, fields were full of grain, and orchards bloomed. Streams flowed clear water and had abundance of fish. Woods and roadsides were places of beauty with variety of birds, berries, fens, wildflowers, and other vegetation.“ So it had been from the days many years ago”(Carson, 469). Then the author showed how dramatically life changed after a mysterious white powder (pesticides) was sprayed over the area. Instead of prosperity, illness and death came to the farms. Chicken, cattle, and sheep sickened and died. There were almost no offspring, “ the young survived only a few days”(470). Woods that had once throbbed with bird voices were silent now. Birds had gone. The roadsides lined with withered vegetation, and the fish died in the streams. Much illness and several unexplained deaths came to farmers families. “The people had done it to themselves”, pointed out Carson(470). She thought that people should be aware about the health issues of pesticide use and asserted that “this imaginary tragedy may easily become a stark reality we all shall know”(470). This essay shows that natural order is fragile, and reckless use of man-made…...

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