Disaster losses causing rethinking of pesticide ban

Laws, Forrest
January 2005
Southeast Farm Press;1/19/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p4
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the ban on pesticides in the U.S. In the 1950s. 1960s and early 1970s DDT applications reduced malaria around the world, but governments began banning its use because of evidence of harmful side effects such as the thinning of the shells of bald eagle eggs. Most western aid agencies now, will not pay for anti-malarial programs that use DDT and that pretty much insures that DDT will not be used. Instead, the U.N. and Western donors encourage the use of insecticide-treated bed nets and medicine to cure malaria.


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