DDT conference: Safe or not? Who will report?

March 14 beckons from the near horizon. A group of scientists and policy wonks will gather at Alma College, in Alma, Michigan, to look at the issues of DDT and health. This is the first major conference of its kind since the POPs Treaty, at least.

Logo for Kenaga DDT Conference, Alma College, 2008

Controversy again swirls around DDT, with a large industry campaign again after the reputation of Rachel Carson just the same as in 1963 — though Ms. Carson has been dead since 1964. The disinformation campaign also impugns environmentalists, health care workers (especially if they’ve ever worked for the World Health Organization), Al Gore (there is no rationale), and when the minions think they can get away with it, it impugns bed nets and stagnant pool draining.

This public relations campaign against Rachel Carson enjoys a great deal of success. Oklahoma’s Sen. Tom Coburn, who seems never to have met an insult to a scientist he couldn’t use, successfully stopped the U.S. Senate from passing a bill naming a post office in honor of Rachel Carson, one of Coburn’s greatest legislative achievements. Several people in Congress, including Utah’s Rep. Rob Bishop, were similarly hornswoggled.

This conference could put real, accurate information in front of the public.

Are my expectations way too high? I hope reporting from this conference might inject sanity, comity, humility and courtesy back into the discussions of how to treat malaria, and whether DDT should ever be used.

Associated Press? Reuters? New York Times? Chicago Tribune? Detroit News, or Detroit Free Press? Lansing State Journal?

Who will report from the conference?

I hope major news outlets will have reporters there.


5 Responses to DDT conference: Safe or not? Who will report?

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    I’m sure there is some information available in other languages, but that’s beyond the scope of this blog. What specific language are you looking for?


  2. Celta says:

    do you know any information about this subject in other languages?


  3. Ed Darrell says:

    If I get reports, I’ll post them here. Alas, I’m in Dallas, Texas, and the conference is 2,000 miles away in Alma, Michigan.

    Perhaps a good bet: Drop an e-mail to Prof. Ed Lorenz, the conference organizer, with your request:

    Ed Lorenz
    Public Affairs Institute
    Alma College


  4. Dr.T.Basu says:

    Dear sir,

    Can you please post me report of the DDT conferance.




  5. To be honest, I was not even aware of this conference until you dropped by my blog to add clarification to a mini-essay that I had written that was related. I will try to follow the procedures. It will be interesting. I also had no idea that so many politicians had their knickers in a twist about Rachel Carson. I remember myi first reading of SILENT SPRING as a really significant impact on my life (Though I have lived long enough to doubt some of her conclusions.)


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