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31 July 2004 @ 02:32 pm
Big Yellow Crock of Shit  
"Hey farmer, farmer
Put away that DDT now.
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees

~ Joni Mitchell (victim of blind "environmentalist" fervour)

The outlaw of DDT was an act of genocide.
To this day most people think that DDT was an environmental catastrophe unleashed by the horrors of modern science.

Click here to read the real story of DDT and malaria.
Kittymoorekittie on July 31st, 2004 04:48 am (UTC)

Is that really true? That's terrible! What exactly does DDT stand for?
Jacobyak_boy on July 31st, 2004 06:41 am (UTC)
DDT stands for dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane.
Say that three times fast.

The "Junk Science" website has this page of 100 things you should know about DDT, which very carefully looks at the evidence that shows that DDT is not particularly harmful, and could in fact save millions of lives by preventing malaria (by keeping away mozzies).

Basically, DDT was the scape-goat of the early green movement. There are currently legal challenges being fought to overturn the US EPA's 1972 decision to ban DDT.
Robet Éivaayvah on August 2nd, 2004 10:10 pm (UTC)
Can't say I know anything about DDT. I don't really know why it was banned in the first place. Simply because it was deemed dangerous to humans?

I think that a lot of conservationalists are overzealous. In fact, I think that often "conservationalism" is no more justified than "conservativism" (is that a word? ^_^;;). Sometimes it's just about preserving the aesthetics of the past.

That said, the world has a lot of issues that it needs to deal with.
Jacobyak_boy on August 3rd, 2004 06:56 am (UTC)
DDT was banned more for its effect on wildlife.
And these supposed effects are based on biased and just plain bad science.
Its really not particularly harmful, and because of its use in combating mosquitoes, could save millions of lives.