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DDT: A Weapon of Mass Survival

The Malaria Clock:

A Green Eco-Imperialist Legacy of Death

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In April 1972, after seven months of testimony, EPA Administrative Law Judge Edmund Sweeney stated that “DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man. ... The uses of DDT under the regulations involved here do not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds, or other wildlife. ... The evidence in this proceeding supports the conclusion that there is a present need for the essential uses of DDT.”*

Two months later, EPA head
[and Environmental Defense Fund member/fundraiser] William Ruckelshaus - who had never attended a single day’s session in the seven months of EPA hearings, and who admittedly had not even read the transcript of the hearings - overturned Judge Sweeney’s decision. Ruckelshaus declared that DDT was a “potential human carcinogen” and banned it for virtually all uses.**

Since Ruckelshaus arbitrarily and capriciously banned DDT, an estimated cases of malaria have caused immense suffering and poverty in the developing world.***

Of these largely avoidable cases, people died.****

That exceeds one needless premature death every 12 seconds for more than three decades.

According to the World Health Organisation, 9 out of 10 of these, some victims of fluorescent-green excess, were likely pregnant women, or children under the age of five. Unborn through five-year-old body counts such as this are certainly difficult to reconcile with the repetitive green rallying cry of "For The Children." In fact, infanticide on this scale appears without parallel in human history.*****

How is it that Gaia can be painted an Earthmother nurture-figure whilst demanding an annual sacrifice of roughly two million, four hundred and thirty thousand infants, pending mothers and their untallied unborn? This is not ecology. This is not conservation. This is genocide.

Let's be unequivocal, spraying DDT inside dwellings presents no discernable human or environmental hazard. "Resistance" is not an issue since this mostly takes the form of avoidance and keeping mosquitoes away from human prey is the intended object anyway. DDT presents no patent issues to upset anti-globalists/anti-capitalists and, at pennies a pound, DDT is affordable and cost-effective health care for developing nations.

In short, anti-malarial use of DDT allows more healthy populations to work, generate wealth and climb out of the poverty/subsistence hole in which "caring greens" apparently wish to keep them trapped. DDT bans are not pro-environment - they're anti-human. Worse, they attack impoverished, developing societies least able to protect themselves.

Since you have been on this page more people have been afflicted by malaria and died of this devastating morbidity, 90% of whom were pregnant women and young children.

* Sweeney EM. EPA Hearing Examiner’s recommendations and findings concerning DDT hearings. 25 April 1972 (40 CFR 164.32)
** Ackerly RL. DDT: a re-evaluation, part II. Chemical Times and Trends. October 1981:55
*** Based on the median WHO estimate 300 million to 500 million cases globally each year, clock start date set July 1, 1972
**** Based on an estimated 2.7 million malarial deaths per year - "The Intolerable Burden of Malaria: A New Look at the Numbers," - supplement to The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The supplement was published by the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) with support from MIM partners, including NIH, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, GlaxoSmithKline, the Rockefeller Foundation, The United Kingdom Medical Research Council, The United Nations Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The Wellcome Trust, and the World Health Organization.
***** Note that some of these cases would have occurred irrespective of DDT use. Note also that, while enormously influential, the US ban did not immediately terminate global DDT use and that developing world malaria mortality increased over time rather than instantly leaping to the estimated value of 2,700,000 deaths per year. However, certain in the knowledge that even one human sacrificed on the altar of green misanthropy is infinitely too many, I let stand the linear extrapolation of numbers from an instant start on the 1st of the month following this murderous ban. -- Ed.

"Malaria map paints stark picture" - "Study suggests the disease may afflict twice as many people as thought." (Nature)

"Malaria: The long road to a healthy Africa" - "The Nature Outlook Malaria zeroes in on the major issues in the war on malaria, with a particular focus on Africa. It analyses the current state of affairs, the major scientific and other obstacles in treatment and control, and the promising areas where substantial progress might be made. Until February 2005 the supplement will be freely available online." (Nature)

Suggested additional resources: DDT FAQ;
Facts Versus Fears
(Third Edition) - A Review of the Greatest Unfounded Health Scares of Recent Times;
Eco-Imperialism - Green Power. Black Death
The Worst Thing Nixon Ever Did