The United Nations' Scientific Fraud against DDT

Donald Roberts, Roger Bate & Richard Tren | 21 Jan 2011
American Enterprise Institute
For over seventy years, DDT has been a vital insecticide in the battle against disease. Yet it is vilified for largely illegitimate concerns about its impact on the environment and human health. Through a mix of environmental fervor, self-interest, and disregard for evidence-based policy, United Nations (UN) agencies are misleading the public about DDT—mistakenly claiming it is not needed and can be eliminated globally by 2020.1 Such claims must be withdrawn, and the aggressive timeline for the elimination of DDT must be shelved. Furthermore, the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization, must prioritize the needs of malarial countries ahead of the political agenda of UN agencies and set a positive agenda for the use of DDT and the development of much-needed new public-health insecticides. Independent donors should continue to fund DDT use where needed for malaria control. The campaign against DDT means it is used far less than is efficient or desired by malaria-control programs.

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