African study decontaminates false DDT allegations

For years it has been argued that the use of DDT will, among other things, harm human health and contaminate food.  But now with the spread of malaria rampant in the developing world, many are beginning to take a second look.  One such nation is that of Uganda, where researchers at the Makerere University have just finished an extensive study looking into the use of DDT in Western Uganda where it has been sprayed since the 1960s.  Their research, which tested earthworms, soils, fish, and beef as well as human urine and blood samples, revealed there were no long term, detrimental effects on those who used DDT decades ago.  This study provides yet more ammunition for re-employing the use of this beneficial insecticide.

 

 

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