Pick out the correct statement about carbamates from the following.
(a) They are less harmful to human life
(b) They offer excellent insect-resistance
(c) They are less persistent
(d) They are non-biodegradable
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The correct answer is (c) They are less persistent
The best explanation: Carbamates are less persistent and more biodegradable products. They were introduced in response to high persistence of chlorinated organic toxins. But these chemicals are severe nerve toxins and hence more harmful to humans. Insects have become resistant to these insecticides also.