Bill Gates, maker of billions, unleashed a jar of mosquitoes on an unwitting crowd the other day. He was discussing the plight of the millions of people who are affected by malaria every year. To help make his point, he opened up a jar of mosquitoes, and then informed the crowd they didn’t really need to worry, they’d get bitten, but the insects were not malaria-infected.
What if there was a product that could eliminate malaria-borne mosquitoes? What if it was widely available? What if it was cheap to produce and very effective? What if we had that product already, but it was banned based on junk science?
Remember, a conspiracy (or a good one anyways) requires compelling evidence for it to be true, and I suppose lots of evidence that shows that it could be false. I don’t even want to bang out all of the info here, other people have done that very well already. But some highlights:
- The environmental movement used DDT as a means to increase their power. Charles Wurster, chief scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, commented, “If the environmentalists win on DDT, they will achieve a level of authority they have never had before.. In a sense, much more is at stake than DDT.”
[Seattle Times, October 5, 1969]
- Population control advocates blamed DDT for increasing third world population. In the 1960s, World Health Organization authorities believed there was no alternative to the overpopulation problem but to assure than up to 40 percent of the children in poor nations would die of malaria. As an official of the Agency for International Development stated, “Rather dead than alive and riotously reproducing.”
[Desowitz, RS. 1992. Malaria Capers, W.W. Norton & Company]
- “To only a few chemicals does man owe as great a debt as to DDT… In little more than two decades, DDT has prevented 500 million human deaths, due to malaria, that otherwise would have been inevitable.”
[National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Research in the Life Sciences of the Committee on Science and Public Policy. 1970. The Life Sciences; Recent Progress and Application to Human Affairs; The World of Biological Research; Requirements for the Future.]
For compelling evidence for the reinstatement of DDT check out this.
There’s another side to darn it. No more DDT.