Another question of mine that will probably never see the light of day. This group has no answer, so why would they allow the question?
I stumbled across a blog-looking page from the American Council on Science and Health, an industry apologist propaganda site, on World Malaria Day, which was April 25. You may recognize the name of the group as one of the industry-funded sites that constantly attacks Rachel Carson, and often the World Health Organization, with the unscientific and false claims that environmentalists bannned DDT and thereby condemned millions of Africans to die from malaria — which, ASCH claims, could have easily been eradicated with more DDT poisoning of Africa.
On World Malaria Day, ASCH took note, flirted with the facts (that DDT doesn’t work as it once was thought to work), but then backed away from the facts — that the ban on DDT in the U.S. came years AFTER WHO suspended the malaria eradication campaign in Africa when it was discovered DDT couldn’t kill DDT-adapted mosquitoes, already subject to years of abuse of DDT by agriculture and other industries. ASCH said:
DDT kills mosquitoes, although not as well as it did 60 years ago. But it also irritates them and repels them, so the small amount sprayed inside homes effectively reduces the transmission of the malarial microbe substantially. The banning of DDT, based upon political anti-chemical bureaucrats and “environmentalists” inspired by Carson’s “Silent Spring” who ran our EPA in 1972, helped to impede the malaria control program led by the UN’s WHO.
Impede? Impossible for a 1972 ban to have been responsible for the earlier suspension of the WHO campaign, not to mention EPA’s ban ended at the U.S. borders. So I asked:
June 19, 2013 at 5:16 am
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I would be very interested in just how the 1972 ban on DDT in the U.S. “impeded” the UN’s antimalaria campaign, which stopped using DDT heavily seven years earlier, and was suspended in 1969.
After the ban on U.S. use of DDT, all of U.S. manufacture was dedicated to export to Africa and Asia, which greatly increased DDT supplies available there.
How did this impede?
Want to wager a guess as to whether they’ll ever allow the comment to see the light of day at their site, let alone answer it?
- Why it’s important to have accurate history and science on the internet: Don’t lie to kids about DDT (timpanogos.wordpress.com)
- World Malaria Report 2012 – progress, but more money needed (timpanogos.wordpress.com)
- Resources for World Malaria Day 2013
- World Malaria Day website
- The Control of Nature: Rachel Carson (achangeinthewind.com)
Wall of Shame – Sites that continue to spread the pro-DDT hoax as fact:
- World Malaria Day and the Victims of Environmental Extremist (1800politics.com)
- Bring Back DDT (lewrockwell.com)
- Re: DDT Ban Breeds Death – 1972 Insecticide Ban Causes a Million Deaths Per Year (forum.prisonplanet.com)
- Rachel Carson’s Dirty Secret: (brothersjuddblog.com)