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Friday, March 9, 2012

It was a mistake to ban DDT in 1972

Banning DDT resulted in an estimated 30 to 60 million deaths. is estimated that between 30 million and 60 million died, most of them children. In Sri Lanka, malaria deaths went from 2.8 million in 1948 down to 17 in 1964 due to the use of DDT. They then banned DDT and by 1969, death rates were back up to 2.5 million. In addition, DDT was replaced by pesticides that are often much more toxic to humans....DDT should never have been banned. The overuse should have been limited, but the ban that led to millions of human deaths should not be a source of pride.

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