EDF has made a treaty to make sure that the use of DDT is contained, controlled and set in a controllable environment. Using DDT for outdoor applications is strictly prohibited. DDT in very small amounts can be applied to indoor infestations. The use of DDT is only possible if there are no other safe, reliable and affordable alternatives present in the areas. The aim here is to minimize the wildlife and human effects of using DDT on outdoor settings.
The fact remains that malaria is a very damaging and rampant issue in many countries especially in the African continent. There is continuous effort in eradicating mosquito populations to controllable and easily manageable levels. Until now, no affordable alternatives to DDT are available. That is a fact that still remains. Right now, many are trying to take advantage of organic and natural chemicals from flowers to mitigate the pests. These chemicals are being used by expert pest controllers, specialists in the pest control field. As you can see, commercial products are still very scarce in this technology.
DDT is much cheaper. That is an aspect that is a big concern in many countries. It is a concern that needs to be addressed. Scientific communities across the world are trying to address the issues regarding pests and mosquitoes. Some cannot be destroyed by mere pesticides and DDT is not as effective in other regions. It is an effort though to allow the use of DDT only in indoor areas. As much as we want to eradicate malaria, there is also a need to retain the balance of nature and recognize the importance of the various species of animals. The big population of mosquitoes only shows that there is a great imbalance in the local environment and undeniably in the global setting as well. Studies are still being made to find better ways.
Right now, many specialists at pest control agencies are taking part of the cause by only using products that are not harmful for outdoor and indoor use. It is really difficult to eradicate insect populations. They grow and multiply very fast and they can easily out-number the human population. Humans however, cannot sacrifice the ecosystem for the purpose of removing mosquitoes. It is a critical balance and it is a very big task. In the US, many are supporting organic alternatives. People are slowly becoming more aware. In other countries, there is yet a technology and pressures from world environmental institutions to inform countries about the effects of DDT to wildlife.
The fact is that per country or region, there will be a different point of view in the use of DDT. In Africa for example, when they tried a unique approach in malaria control and completely removed the DDT, there was a sudden increase in Malaria rates. When they returned to DDT, Malaria became controllable. The fact is that DDT is still a recommended product by WHO but only under controlled usage. Countries that use DDT should only use a certain percentage of the chemical on products
In countries like Sri Lanka, when DDT was stopped due to the diminishing Malaria cases, it has sprung to a great number again by 1968. When DDT was reintroduced, the mosquitoes have become immune to the product so Malathion, a more expensive but very potent chemical was used ever since. Different regions have different concerns. The effects of DDT are still being studied but in the United States, the use of DDT was banned and the existence of other pests is addressed by using other products.
DDT remains to be a very useful product for some. It is a menace for others and it is used sparingly by specialists for pest control. Let us all be honest. Everything we use in large amounts, in excessive amounts is tantamount to devastating effects. If in the 1930s, DDT were studied first before being used extensively, there could be a much more different perspective in the use of this chemical. The fact is that capitalism has led to hype on a product that in few years time would backfire dramatically.
This is a lesson learned for all people especially in the modern times. The use of DDT needs to be controlled and finding alternatives is still pending. While we still have all these things happening, we need to find better options and make sure to properly price them for the world to benefit.
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