Dr. Rutledge and his team take an in depth look into a disease that has killed more people than any disease ever known -- Malaria. They interview African, Indian, and US Governments, charitable organizations, scientists, politicians, doctors, clinics, victims, and survivors. They explore and expose the politics of domestic and international policies and find the evidence that the public never truly understood. What they find is astonishing. The greatest ecological genocide in the known history of man is laid bare -- the 1972 ban of an extraordinary life-protecting chemical DDT. This is politics -- the cold brutal crookedness that kills with a stroke of a pen. Shortsightedness of governmental and environmental policies is causing the deaths of millions and the suffering of billions. When the EPA, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, and Sierra refused interviews, Dr. Rutledge knew he had touched a nerve. For businessmen and women to endorse and encourage "alternatives" while a safe and ... Written by
DDT is a dangerous chemical that ends up and biomagnifies in the environment. DDT and its cousin DDE are not acutely toxic to humans but they are passed from human to human via mother's milk and they are stored in fatty tissue in babies. It is foolish to assume that a ban on DDT is responsible for the death of 3 billion people due to malaria. DDT was not banned in many places Africa and Asia and it is continued to be used but with less effect because mosquitoes have acquired immunity to DDT. The eradication of malaria in the US and Europe was due to improved standards of living, better protection, removal of habitat sources for mosquitoes and better medical treatment. In the US, malaria was in many places eradicated before DDT arrived on the scene. The eradication of malaria is tied to economic conditions and improvement of living standards and not to the spraying of DDT.
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