In 1970, in a comprehensive review on the pesticide, the National Academy of Sciences stated:
To only a few chemicals does man owe as great a debt as to DDT. It has contributed to the great increase in agricultural productivity, while sparing countless humanity from a host of diseases, most notably, perhaps, scrub typhus and malaria. Indeed, it is estimated that, in little more than two decades, DDT has prevented 500 million deaths due to malaria that would otherwise have been inevitable.
But no matter. DDT might have endangered the spotted owl (there's no evidence it did, by the way). And so it had to go.
As we have discussed many times, 55¢ of DDT sprinkled around the interior walls of homes in Africa would save a million lives a year! We know exactly how we can save these lives and we know little it costs (compared to many global warming schemes) but it cannot be done because it would tarnish the image of Rachel Carson, the inspiration of the modern environmental movement.
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