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: