Great, a make believe quote from a make believe kingdom from a guy who have very little touch with reality.
I believe Dale was referring to the use of DDT as a chemical used in Africa to combat Malaria. And yes that effort was and is very successful in significantly reducing disease related deaths.
That said DDT is also a known carcinogen, nervous system inhibitor and a long term pollutant which takes over a decade to dissipate to safer levels. It's use simply comes down to risk vs. benefit. While we don't exactly have a lethal epidemic in our neck of the woods, we do instead have a ton of endangered species and a desire to avoid sudden abnormal growths.
"Draft beer, not people."
Not even Africa cares about African people. Decades of genocide. In the U.S. we put value on life. In Africa life is cheap.
Lastly your argument only works if those that didn't die of malaria didn't die the next day of starvation,some other disease or plain out murdered simply because of who they were or weren't. If you think Africa would be booming with a population increase if DDT was not banned your simply deluding yourself.
Would love to see someone in USA running for a political post stating publicly what you just wrote.
No such thing as a good tax - Churchill
To make mistakes is human. To blame someone else for your mistake, is strategic.
Imagine you are a citizen of a developing nation, or even a bureaucrat in the ministry of public health in a developing nation. What happens when you receive news of this new wonder product (DDT) has been outlawed in the US, by the US government, due to environmental concerns? Do you spend the limited resources you have to conduct your own studies to see the long term effect of the DDT and then weigh the risk and reward in your country? Or do you follow the advice of the FDA and stop the use of DDT in your own nation due to health concerns?
Let's say you ignore the FDA's advice and continues to use of DDT in your own country because you have determined the reward is greater the the risks. What do your people think? Do they trust their own government more or do they trust a "scientific" study published by the American government more?
Everything has a cost. Our objective is to minimize cost and maximize benefit. Somewhere along the line, we have come to minimize cost/risk regardless of the reward.
"Only Nixon can go to China." -- Old Vulcan proverb.
That sure as hell is not the way China works. They are doing the same mistakes we made a hundred years ago and sooner or later China will have to pay up for those environmental mistakes.
As for Africa: FAQs - What are the top causes of death in South Africa? AIDS, heart disease, strokes, TB, and violence are things that Africans need to worry about. Not Malaria.
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