April 25th was World Malaria Day; it came and went without much notice and, unfortunately, the same fate is befalling millions of malaria victims in Third World countries. Huge numbers of people die every year from this disease. People may talk about it or even send mosquito nets but it is not enough. We destroyed malaria here in the Free World why can’t Africa do the same? Simple, we won’t let them.
DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is a chemical discovered in the 1870s and used as a pesticide since the 1940s; it is completely harmless to humans but kills huge numbers of bugs. We used it to virtually eradicate malaria, but in the 1960s-70s radical environmentalist, led by Rachael Carson, got this miraculous substance banned.
They claimed that it was deadly to people, to the ecosystem, and specifically destroyed the shells of bird eggs which killed them. The science was junk, it was conducted horribly and was fatally flawed. The only bit of truth was that DDT did affect egg shells but not to the degree the environmentalists claimed. Even if it did kill these precious endangered birds it would be worth it to save the millions of human lives lost to malaria every year, but even fake threats to animals or plants are more important to these environmentalists than other human beings.