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
A thought-provoking documentary. When someone spends his own money to make a film like this, you have to take him seriously.
Rutledge Taylor looks at the question of malaria, particularly in Africa and Asia, and asks questions that should have been asked a long time ago. Why have all the modern drugs, bed-net campaigns and modern insecticides not had a significant effect on the incidence of malaria? If the USA could eradicate malaria, why can't the same techniques be used in Africa? Dr Taylor quickly comes to the conclusion that DDT should be un-banned and used in Africa. So why was it banned in the first place? He finds that the US commission that looked into the safety and effectiveness of DDT, in the early 70s, declared it not only safe but an essential chemical. But their findings were overruled, without explanation. When he tries to investigate further, all official channels are closed off to him. We are left with the conclusion that someone, somewhere, is happy for Africa to suffer a million avoidable deaths every year.
This sounds as though the film is sombre, but in fact it is not. It gives hope for the future, although it is clear that top-down action is not going to happen on its own. A grass-roots, bottom-up movement must build, telling the politicians that enough is enough: a solution is available, cheap and effective, and the environmentalist dogma that led to the current situation must be jettisoned, otherwise the greatest genocide in human history will continue. Or maybe that is what someone, somewhere, wants?
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