le 28 avril 2011
This is an excellent book, carefully researched by two specialists in the field.
The history of the demonization of DDT should be a lesson to society: if public policy decisions are based on science, then activists-'however well intentioned'-must take the back seat. The trend for policy to be set by persons posing as scientists and speaking in the language of science is a dangerous one.
In this and several other fields, environmental lobby groups have strayed far from the path of conservation, pollution control and other important objectives.
It is a credit to the World Health Organization that they have finally re-approved the use of DDT for public health purposes. In regions where malaria mosquitoes are still susceptible to the "powder" this has led to tremendous improvement in human health, with many lives saved.
I hope this book will be widely read, though I doubt it will succeed in dousing people's fears that DDT is dangerous to human health. The truth is that, used in tiny quantities applied to the indoor walls of houses, it has saved millions of lives without any of the horrendous impacts that are commonly assumed to be "proven" by scientists.