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Nearly 1 million people die of the disease a year. It is especially dangerous for children, which accounts for 20% of all childhood deaths on the African continent. (WHO) This breaks down to a child dying every 45 seconds.


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Adam C (65)
Friday August 20, 2010, 12:31 pm
If the goal of the green movement is to improve the lives of people then we must consider the expansion of the use of DDT in certain circumstances. It is unfathomable to think that so many children and adults lives could not only be saved by the use of a simple chemical, but cared for with the money saved by not having to treat the disease. Once the Malaria epidemic is contained then the scale back of the use of DDT should of course be entertained. If there is a more economical way to deal with the Malaria problem, it should be studied and implemented. However, at this time, the people of Africa need quick answers and that answer is DDT.

Debbie G (306)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 12:33 pm
This is very interesting. I've never thought of it in those terms before, but as much as I hate DDT, this does make sense.

Adam C (65)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 12:37 pm
Hi Debbie,

When I first started writing the article I had zero assumptions. After crunching numbers I came to the conclusion in the article. I tried to be as straight forward in my logic as possible.

I think that in general moderation is key. To outright ban things generally can have many adverse and unintended consequences.
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