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Guspaz
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reply to urbanriot

Re: Organic Food.. same as non organic?

said by urbanriot:

I'd never read this book, or heard of it... how did she cost millions of people their lives?

It started a mass hysteria about DDT which lead to its effective banning, to the extent where governments attached "anti-DDT" provisions to foreign aid packages that forced less developed countries to stop spraying DDT. Since DDT had been responsible for dramatically reducing Malaria rates, stopping the spraying has lead to the rates increasing once again, now something like double they were before it started increasing again. The better part of a million people die from Malaria each year. The book has also been credited with being one of the catalysts of the modern environmental movement that inspired various terrorist groups like Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd.

Is the book directly responsible for these things? No, but it was one of the primary contributing factors.
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urbanriot
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said by Guspaz:

The book has also been credited with being one of the catalysts of the modern environmental movement that inspired various terrorist groups like Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd.

Hmm I read that similarly as I'd read the Christian bible has been credited with the deaths of millions of men, women and children and Islam is responsible for terrorism. Or in other words, refer to the fringe elements to discredit something that could be good.

A wikipedia article on DDT states the book "questioned the logic of releasing large amounts of chemicals into the environment without fully understanding their effects on ecology or human health". That seems ridiculously sensible and intelligent.

I also read, "the US ban on DDT is cited by scientists as a major factor in the comeback of the bald eagle, the national bird of the United States, from near-extinction in the contiguous US."

As an objective reader who's never heard of this book, it's almost as if you are engaging in hysteria as your posts seem very exaggerated and one-sided.


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said by urbanriot:

A wikipedia article on DDT states the book "questioned the logic of releasing large amounts of chemicals into the environment without fully understanding their effects on ecology or human health". That seems ridiculously sensible and intelligent.

It's also a gross over-simplification. Not uncommon to Wikipedia.

»reason.com/archives/2002/06/12/s···ng-at-40
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said by Ian:

It's also a gross over-simplification.

Agreed, that was my point in relaying that his post seemed grossly exaggerated to one side.

It's good that this person's book motivated people to use their brains but it's bad that it may have increased the death toll of malaria in areas that have such issues. Fortunately technology is catching up with alternative ways of fighting malaria than blanket DDT spraying.