In September of 1962, biologist/zoologist Rachel Carson, published a bestselling book called “Silent Spring”.

The book told people that DDT was dangerous. So they blocked it in poor countries around the world. You know, the stuff being sprayed on the children in these photos while eating lunch and swimming.

In the US we sprayed DDT to kill the mosquitoes that carried malaria, and it worked fantastically. It has also worked for every other wealthy country on Earth. In 1946, the U.S. Public Health Service initiated a campaign to wipe out malaria through the application of DDT to the interior walls of homes. In the first half of 1952, there were only two confirmed cases of malaria contracted within the United States.

For poor countries the numbers are dire. In 2015, there were roughly 212 million malaria cases and an estimated 429,000 malaria deaths. Children in Africa miss up to 50 percent of school days due to malaria. That’s nearly 10 million missed days every year.

So why are poor countries seeing children die by the millions?

The Clinton Administration stipulated that the passage of NAFTA would be contingent upon Mexico’s willingness to stop its production of DDT. When Mexico ultimately agreed to abandon its DDT programs, its malaria rates increased exponentially.

In 1998 the World Health Organization launched a “Roll Back Malaria” (RBM) campaign, where a consortium of aid agencies, international institutions, and environmentalist groups collaborated in an effort to reduce or eliminate the use of DDT around the world.

The ban on DDT had enormous implications not only in terms of lives lost (and all the human misery that attended those deaths), but also in terms of the economic viability of the populations affected by the disease.

So what’s the TRUTH? How safe or harmful is DDT? See for yourself, when we used it in America to end Malaria.

It’s so simple that even children understand it:

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  1. When was it debunked?

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  2. Summarizing all of the relevant research, the U.S. government reported in 2002 that “there is no clear evidence that exposure to DDT/DDE causes cancer in humans.” That assessment is a vindication of the legal conclusion of Judge Edmund Sweeney’s 1972 report on DDT for the EPA: “DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man.”

    DDT Endangered U.S. Birds with Extinction. According to Rachel Carson, DDT was so harmful to birds that someday America’s springs would be silent, as all the birds that might enliven them with song would be dead. Indeed, it was from this poignant image that she drew the title for her book. As evidence for this claim, Carson maintained that since the introduction of DDT to the United States shortly after World War II, the nation’s bird populations had fallen into rapid decline, with even the robin threatened with extinction. An examination of actual data, however, thoroughly debunks Carson’s claim. This can be seen in the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count data for 1941 (before DDT) to that of 1960 (the height of DDT, shortly before the publication of Silent Spring).

    Many other studies show the same pattern of sharp increase of some bird populations during the DDT years. For example, a bird sanctuary that has been counting birds over Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania since the 1930s reported an increase in sightings of ospreys from less than 200 in 1945 to over 600 by 1970, and an increase in sightings of migrating raptors from 9,291 in 1946 to 29,765 in 1968. (And Many More)

    Eggshell thinning is a potential problem, but it should not be overstated. The levels of DDT required for malaria control are much less than those required for crop dusting as practiced in the 1950s. Furthermore, the problem does not affect every bird species — indeed, for some species, there is reason to believe that DDT has an overall beneficial effect, by protecting them from the insect-borne diseases that are a primary cause of bird mortality. For example, some marsh bird populations grew so dramatically during the DDT years that they emerged from their marshes in millions to cause significant damage to crops in the American Midwest.

    Here is a good link with references to source studies. : https://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/the-truth-about-ddt-and-silent-spring

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  3. Interesting. I remember my mother talking about how bad ddt was. I didn’t know this spin

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  4. They say that smoking causes cancer also. I don’t think that science is 100% accurate as well.

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