.. her vision of a chemically caused cancer epidemic never came to pass. In fact, people are living longer and healthier lives, cancer rates have declined even as chemical use increased, and chemicals are not among the key causes of cancer.
Carson was particularly wrong about DDT. Humans were exposed to massive amounts of DDT without showing ill effect. Many scholars have well documented how Carson’s anti-DDT rhetoric contributed to malaria problems by encouraging many governments around the world to stop using it completely. Meanwhile, limited and targeted uses of DDT could have saved millions of lives. Unfortunately, malaria now kills more than a million people and makes hundreds of millions seriously ill annually, mostly children in the developing world. Groups like Africa Fighting Malaria have helped reverse some of these trends by encouraging targeted uses of DDT to save lives, but many children continue to die from malaria needlessly.
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