Many pests, like the fire ant, are extremely destructive and hard to control, he shows how they develop resistance to many pesticides, making it even harder to get rid of them, and he maintains that will only continue in the future.
Chapter 6: Acclimatizing pests: Animal. The author shows how making the world more accessible helped transport pests around the world, and that studies showed that most plants and animals could survive in other areas than their natural homes. This is acclimatizing, and it continues to domesticating animals and bring non-native species to areas to attempt to control other species. The starlings are a good example. The first were imported to New York in the 1890s, and they have spread across the continent. They are aggressive against other birds and each other, and bird lovers generally do not like them. He talks about other species that have spread just as rapidly, and how these species can devastate the areas where they are introduced. Often they were imported to meet a need, but they caused more problems than they ever solved. The practice continues today, which is frightening for the future.
Tenner, E. (1996). Why things bite back: Technology and…
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Tenner, E. (1996). Why things bite back: Technology and the revenge of unintennded consequences. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.