Nick de Cusa Posted September 22, 2006 Report Share Posted September 22, 2006 Trouvé dans The Independent. Je ne commente pas parce que c'est très bien écrit et ça se passe de commentaires. DOMINIC LAWSON 22 September, 2006 The Independent 1161 Words © 2006 Independent & Media PLC For the past 35 years a number of well-funded lobbying organisations have spread lies that have caused the deaths of countless millions of Africans, mostly children. Last week the World Health Organisation finally shook off the malign grip exercised by their campaign of misinformation: the new head of the WHO's anti-malarial programme, Arata Kochi, declared that the organisation would promote the use of indoor spraying with DDT, the insecticide which had wiped out malaria in the developed world, but which was banned before sub-Saharan Africa could benefit in the same way. It was largely the pressure exercised by well-organised multinational lobbyists such as Greenpeace that persuaded the governments of the United States and Europe to refuse to sanction the use of DDT to combat the scourge of malaria in Africa, where about a million people a year die of the disease - entirely avoidably. There had been some evidence that intensive crop spraying with DDT in the 1960s had caused a drop of about 10 per cent in the thickness of the eggshells of some local breeds of birds. And that was it. The environmentalist lobby groups attempted, rather successfully, to spread the myth that the insecticide, which is no more carcinogenic than coffee, could cause cancer. As a result, the EU threatened to ban food imports from African countries which had the temerity to advocate DDT in the battle to save children from a disease more deadly than AIDS. In effect, the West had put its own neurosis over trace chemicals in food, and the life-cycle of the American bald-headed eagle, over the lives and welfare of the entire African continent. It was a selfishness that rivalled the worst excesses of the colonial era, but justified with a sanctimony and self-righteousness which even the Victorian imperialists never matched. Link to comment
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