DDT vs. Malaria: The Lesser of Two Evils?
Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest diseases. The mosquito-borne illness kills about a million people every year, mostly children in the developing world.
DDT is one of the world’s most vilified chemicals. The insecticide caused widespread environmental harm when massive amounts were sprayed on crops a half century ago.
Some African governments (with support from the United States) are now fighting malaria with DDT, but some Africans fear the prevention efforts are worse than the illness. Listen to our recent story from Uganda.
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We spoke to Berenbaum. Download the interview, or listen here:
Now it’s your chance to ask the questions. Join our conversation with May Berenbaum.
Would you allow the government to spray DDT in your home?
Is it hypocritical for the U.S. to ban DDT at home yet promote its use abroad?
In parts of the world dealing with a health emergency like malaria, is worrying about DDT’s potentially harmful effects a luxury they can’t afford?