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Malaria or DDT Which is the lesser evil What would you expect to be some of the leading causes of death among some of the poorest countries of the world Heart disease Malnourishment AIDS Heres one you may not have said Malaria Every year as many as 27 million people die as a result of malaria a disease contracted from mosquitos which thrive in the swampy wetlands that these countries do not have the money to control One suggested solution for this problem is to spray these wetlands with an insecticide known as DDT short for dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane So whats the problem In 1973 DDT was banned by the US as a result of the publication of Silent Spring a best-seller written by Rachel Carson which outlined the possibility of DDT entering the food chain and eventually concentrating in larger animals and causing reproductive dysfunctions such as too thin an eggshell in some species of bird The ban in the US was the first of many Soon many of the more wealthy nations of the world the nations capable of DDT production placed bans on the chemical for fear of the threat to the environment that it could cause Lifting the ban on DDT could save millions of lives across the world If the ban on DDT were to be lifted not only would millions of lives be saved from malaria but from cancer as well If DDT were sprayed on crops crop production would increase and consumer prices would decrease According to the World Cancer Association if in the US alone consumption of fruits and vegetables dropped by 10 percent because of higher prices the result would be as many as 26000 more cancer deaths every year Pappas So conversely many lives could be saved if consumer cost declined One argument preventing the lifting of the ban on DDT is the environmental repercussions that could we could face as a result
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