One of my DDT blog post alerts turned up this one at Butter Side Down, which is as close to perfect in accuracy and conciseness as I have seen lately.
Here’s a question that I was asked this weekend, one which I’ve been asked more than once: how anyone can justify the ban on DDT when millions of people are dying of malaria?
It’s a good question.
Unfortunately, it’s the wrong question. It’s wrong because it’s based on three premises:
- DDT has been banned;
- In areas where mosquitoes are endemic millions are needlessly suffering and dying from malaria deaths that are preventable if spraying DDT is allowed; and
- DDT is a panacea that strikes down mosquitoes without fail.
All three premises are wrong.
If this guy woman can be so wise, why cannot others at least follow him her?