In 1972 the US banned the agricultural use of DDT, but did not ban its use against malaria. Other countries followed suit. The ban on the agricultural use of DDT has probably saved many lives by slowing the development of resistance. However, Michael Crichton blames the ban for 50 million deaths:
“Since the ban, two million people a year have died unnecessarily from malaria, mostly children. The ban has caused more than fifty million needless deaths. Banning DDT killed more people than Hitler.”
Junkscience has a death clock that blames the ban for an impossible 90 million deaths. Impossible because there haven’t been that many deaths from malaria since 1972.
But Stanley K. Monteith, M.D. reckons even the 90 million number is way too low:
You will note that Reverend Niemoeller warned that after coming for the Jews the Nazis came for both Catholics and Protestants. Why is that fact never mentioned? The question that I am most frequently asked is, “How can you possibly believe that there are people who intend to kill off large segments of the world’s population?” My answer is really quite simple. I hold that belief because I have read their writings. I believe they are telling the truth. Just as Adolf Hitler wrote of his plans for Europe in “Mein Kampf” (My Plan), so, too, those who intend to depopulate large segments of the earth have written of the necessity of limiting the world’s population. They fully intend to “exterminate” a significant portion of the world’s population. The fact that the vast majority of Americans have never heard of their intent, of The Georgia Guidestones in Elberton, or of “The Plan” and “The Hierarchy” attests to the degree of control that exists over what the American people have been allowed to know about the occultic forces which are working within our society today. …
How many people have died in the past 25 years since the use of DDT was outlawed? If the National Academy of Sciences was correct in their 1970 assessment that 500 million lives had been saved by DDT over a twenty-year period, then we have probably lost well over 600 million human lives during the past twenty-five years since advocates of population control succeeded in outlawing DDT.
Monteith may be completely nuts, but he’s a piker compared with these guys, who put the death total due to the DDT ban (did I mention yet that using DDT against malaria is not banned?) at 3 BILLION AND COUNTING. They say that “190 people die per minute due to the direct and indirect ban of DDT and other pesticides.” I give them 10 out of 10 for multiplication: 190 per minute is 100 million a year, which is 3 billion over the 30 years or so since 1972. And I give them 0 out of 10 for common sense because 100 million per year is more than the 2 million who die from malaria and it’s more than the 60 million people who die each year from all causes.
The 3 BILLION AND COUNTING folks are making a movie called, no fooling, “3 Billion and Counting” about the 3 BILLION people killed by the DDT ban. And Dr Evil doesn’t seem to be in it.
Update: MFUK went over to the 9 BILLION AND COUNTING forum and asked how there could be more deaths from malaria than the total number of deaths from all causes. Rutledge came back with:
The total number of REPORTED annual worldwide deaths from all causes is around 60 million.
Mind you he did come up with a cite for the 100 million per year number. J Gordon Edwards
“An estimated 100 million people die a year as the direct and indirect result of the banning of DDT and other pesticides. These are deaths from malaria, from other insect-home diseases, and from the results of reduced food crops. “