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TheObligation to Endure Thesis Statement Summary

Alot of resources are spent by human beings in worrying about thestate of the world environment and to make agricultural activitiessuccessful. People spend a lot of money buying pesticides and otherchemicals that help improve the quality of soil and crop production.More and more chemicals are made every year in laboratories and soldto the public under thousands of different brand names. Thesepesticides do not only reduce the population of pests in a location,but they also act as a health hazard to human beings. The pesticideshave far-reaching dangerous consequences to man and the environmentat large than they have on the pests and weeds they are designed todestroy. Some of the chemical substances found in the pesticidesremain in the environment, and their adverse effects can only evidentin future.

RachelCarson wrote the book ‘The Obligation to Endure” after realizingthat too much emphasis was on manufacturing more and more pesticides.The manufacturers of these chemicals, however, did not consider theeffects the said substances would have on man and the environment.Carson wrote in protest of a chemical compound known asdichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane which was manufactured to kill pests,cut crop disease threats and increase crop production (Carson 419).Carson had researched and traced the harmful effects DDT and otherchemicals had on man, the eco-system, domestic and wild animals, andon fish.


Itis, agreeable that man is using too much money in worrying about thestate of the world environment. Pests and weeds can be controlledusing natural ways taught to entomologists in the universities(Carson 424). There are also traditional means of pest and weedcontrol that never had any effect on man, the crops and theenvironment at large. If such methods were to be employed, fewerresources would be necessary for the fight against pests, the spreadof disease, and growth of undesirable weeds.

Pesticidescan either be unclassified or restricted. Millions of tons ofpesticides are put into use every year (Hicks np). This high use ofpesticides accounts for so much money in just one industry. Accordingto Hicks, though the use of pesticides increased food productionafter the Second World War, the chemicals had adverse effects onhumans. So a lot of resources should not be used on chemicalsubstances that are only of benefit in present times but later causelasting problems and deformities.

Somepeople, however, argue out that compared to the crops produced, themoney spent on pesticides is worthwhile. They argue out that ifpesticides can effectively control pests and weeds that destroycrops, then it would not be an issue investing in these chemicalsubstances. The writer of this article, however, disagrees with suchargument because if a substance is going to ruin the same thing thatis meant to protect, though indirectly, then the substance is notworth the trouble.


Althoughthere are bodies that are supposed to regulate the use of pesticidesand educate the users on precautionary measures, some them are notenacting the laws as expected. Harmful pesticides continue to gettheir way into the market and the hands of unskilled farmers. Humanbeings should also place more effort on natural ways of tacklingproblems like crop pest as opposed to manufacturing more pesticides.


Carson,Rachel. “The Obligation to Endure.” The New World Reader:Thinking and Writing about the Global Community. Houghton MifflinCompany. 2005.

Hicks,Bridget. “Agricultural Pesticides and Human Health.” Geology andHuman Health. Retrieved from nd.