Comment from a Linked in discussion

Our professional industry has been under the scrutiny of the Federal government ever since Rachel Carson’s fairy tale, Silent Spring, was published even though the fiction was based on factually unsupported anti-pesticide propaganda. Ms. Carson was probably a good-intentioned person, and certainly was a great creative writer, however as a biologist, she fell short of maintaining the integrity of science, which requires theories to be supported by sound reasoning and fact. Ms. Carson was long gone before her book was used as the anti-pesticide movement gold standard, so I don’t hold her responsible for the anti-human health advocates and the fickle politicians who were influenced by her book and special interests groups. It is the responsibility of our government to vet out fact from fiction before they create law and bans. The fiction in the banning of DDT was that it created egg shell thinning and the potential demise of the American eagle and other birds of prey. This fiction used as fact to help create the EPA was disproved by scientists at a very liberal university. The fact that DDT was unduly banned and has led to millions of unnecessary deaths from malaria alone worldwide is one that gets quickly dismissed and swept under the carpet by activist groups.

Many innocent humans and helpless children lost their lives because the most effective chemical in the history of mankind was taken away from them. Unfortunately, these unnecessary deaths continue today, and millions will die this year due to mosquito bites loaded with deadly microbes. Human suffering never seems to take a front row seat when it comes to the relentless attack on the pesticides that do and could save millions of innocent and defenseless people. The gentleman who mentioned the impact of the plague on the human population was dead on. Currently Lyme disease and the scourge of the bedbug is a result of the loss of effective pesticides from the professional arsenal of weapons against deadly and debilitating pests and the diseases they vector. There has always been a risk-benefit analysis required before the use of a pesticide, and that is how the majority of our industry professionals make decisions. Most pests that can hurt or kill us are either tiny or attack at night when people are more vulnerable. So if my choice is to use a pesticide that is diluted to the rate of minimal or no side effects versus death, serious illness, or disability, then I will pick the pesticide every time. We make those decisions with medicines, don’t we?

Posted by Chris Donaghy

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