Examine the list of precautions and risks on the label of an over-the-counter insecticide or herbicide

  1. Using the example of hurricanes, support the statement (from page 84) that “most hazards fall in between natural and anthropogenic.”
  2. To what degree are your perceptions of risk similar to, or different from, those of the culture around you? Support your answer with some specific examples.
  3. Residents and governments of Europe have been much more critical of genetically modified crops and foods than have residents and governments of the United States. To what degree is this a cultural difference? (Bonus: Supplement your answer using political economy.)
  4. Why do toxic-waste dumps usually represent examples of environmental injustice? (Think: Who chooses to live near a toxic-waste dump?)

5Examine the list of precautions and risks on the label of an over-the-counter insecticide or herbicide (check one out at your local home and garden shop if you do not have any at home). How would this list differ in the absence of governmental regulations? To what degree do you believe this information impacts consumer and user decisions? Why?