Attempts to ban DDT have had “tragic consequences”BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7297.1270/d (Published 26 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1270
- Annabel Ferriman
Pressures on poor countries to ban the insecticide DDT because of fears that its use would harm the environment have led to a resurgence of malaria in the world, yet the environmental impact of its use are “negligible,” a study published this week has said.
The study shows that after malaria was eradicated in wealthy countries and DDT was banned in those places, poor countries were pressured by health and donor agencies and environmental groups to stop using DDT spraying programmes. The agencies feared that they would harm the environment and adversely affect human health.
But these fears were unsubstantiated, the study's authors believe. “No scientific peer reviewed study has ever replicated any case of negative human …