Pandering to politics costs lives, lost productivity

January 2006
Southeast Farm Press;1/11/2006, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p4
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the decision of the government to ban the use of DDT, a pesticide used for killing mosquitoes. In spite of the fact that DDT poses no threat to human health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned the spray of the pesticide. Although there was a vague evidence that DDT may cause thinning of the shells of the eggs of some bird species, yet there was no confirmation that DDT had caused any single human death. In this way, organizations and governments are playing politics and in this process denying the use of a safe and cost effective pesticide that has stood against all odds and controlled malaria.


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