LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 1) Understand YOU are responsible in how you handle and dispose of chemicals.
- they may travel great distances and harm organisms you are unaware of.
2) Chemicals (e.g. food, drugs, water and air) we put in our bodies can both positively and negatively affect our health.
Relates to chemical stewardship, trust in government organizations, acute vs chronic exposure, nuclear fallout, etc...
Rachel Carson = Social Revolutionary
role of women in science
trust of government agencies (sugar, cigarettes, EPA)
business vs personal interests
chronic toxicity vs acute toxicity
antibiotic & pesticide resistance arms war
overuse of pesticides (indiscriminate use) not tested fully
only tell one side of the story
product manufacturers fund own research (blind study needed)
authority of science over nature
benovolence of government as being right
Man is NOT separate from the living world
Do damages outweigh benefits?
science is not omniscient
Rachel Carson dies April 14, 1964 (Earth Day)