I received a comment regarding the “yahoo” sources that argue that take an alternative view that Rachel Carson may not have been as much of a savior as promoted by the press. The blue highlighted sections of any of my posts are links to articles that provide additional reading on the subject. Since the commenter thought that my sources were yahoos I decided to add a few more. I did exhaustive research by searching the terms “DDT malaria.” I actually used Yahoo for my search and here are a few more sources:
- This link is to a recent editorial from USA Today and discusses Ms. Carson and DDT.
- The World Health Organization has reversed its position and will ban its use. They, however, are going to phase it out over the next ten years. That makes no sense! If DDT is so bad and can be proven to be so bad why not stop NOW? The article tries to make a case about cancers that may be linked to DDT use while we KNOW that moderate DDT use will save lives today.
- This article is from the Malaria Foundation International and is a reprint of an article from The Lancet.
- This article is perhaps the most compelling as it gives voice to the people who are dealing with malaria first hand;
“I understand the environmental arguments, but sometimes they cry so much fear, their arguments become inhuman to the people. It’s almost like they want the people to perish for the animals. No chemical has no side effects. But let us first reduce infant mortality. That is the environment I care about right now.’’
“Uganda, a nation of 30 million people, had an estimated 10.6 million cases of malaria in 2006, according to the World Health Organization, with 70,000 to 110,000 deaths a year, according to government and university researchers.”
- If you really want to dig into the science of it this article is for you.
I am not advocating DDT use to the extent that it was in the past. I just don’t understand how some environmentalists stand on their soapboxes and preach about banning DDT and then go home to a comfortable environment while a country that has a hundred thousand deaths from malaria cannot use it to save themselves.
Who are we to decide what is best for someone else?
To quote a famous politician, “that is above my pay grade.”
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