DDT: Should DDT Be Banned?
Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane is one of the most controversial chemicals known to man, it was first produced in 1874, and its insecticidal properties were described by Paul Muller in the late 1930s. At one point in time this chemical was know for doing wonders, it was first used to protect military areas and personnel against malaria, typhus, and other vector-borne diseases. Many would say that Rachel Carson sparked the controversial debate over DDT, about eight years after Silent Spring was published there was a ban of the pesticide DDT, and Carson was responsible for exposing the dangers of the pesticide DDT. DDT was first banned in the United States in 1972 because of its persistence in the environment and accumulation in the food chain. Dichlor-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT) should not be been banned in every country; DDT has helped countries control diseases such as malaria and typhus where it is needed the most.…
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