Should the use of DDT be banned everywhere?  Well for years this controversy has raged.  But now comes unexpected support for the pesticide, from of all places, the NY Times editorial page.  In a recent column, the times noted that the world is losing the war against malaria, a disease which routinely kills more than a million people per year in Africa alone.  While this disease was once held in check by DDT, pressure by wealthy western nations to limit its use has had devastating effects.  The editorial also notes that while one in twenty African children die from malaria, the impact of DDT on humans is scientifically uncertain – and with a cost only one quarter that of its alternative, it remains a crucial weapon in the fight to save lives.

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