November 21, 2005

Quote of the Day: Not Allowing DDT Has Killed Millions

Filed under: Economy,Quotes, Etc. of the Day — Tom @ 12:01 am

From a Wall Street Journal November 19 Letter to the Editor (requires subscription) from Harold M. Koenig, M.D., Chairman and President of Annapolis Center for Science Based Public Policy:

….. The simple fact is that malaria is a preventable and curable disease; that it still claims over a million lives each year is unconscionable.

DDT provides the most effective, cheapest and safest means of eradicating disease-spreading mosquitoes, but its use has been virtually banned since 1972 when a EPA decision was based more on Rachael Carson’s book “Silent Spring” than on sound science.

Many of the world’s leading scientists predicted 30 years ago that Carson’s crusade against DDT would allow some of the world’s deadliest diseases to return with dreadful consequences. The truth of that prediction is now upon us . . . right on schedule.

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