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July 26, 2000


DDT, public meetings


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Date: Jul 27 2000 07:43:59 EDT
From: Tom DeGregori
Subject: Nature Medicine article on DDT and Malaria - outstanding article.

July 2000 Volume 6 Number 7 pp 729 - 731

Balancing risks on the backs of the poor

By Amir Attaran2, Donald R. Roberts1, Chris F., Curtis3 & Wenceslaus L.


Amir Attaran has very kindly given me permission to circulate his
co-authored article on DDT and malaria control in Nature Medicine. "The
editors thought it was important, so they put it on a public server that
does not require password access, which means I suppose that it's in the
public domain and can be circulated freely." This article is truly
outstanding and the equal if not better than the several very fine
articles that I have already sent. Needless to say, I strongly recommend
that you download and read it. Amir has also very kindly allowed me to
see another superb piece that will be published shortly. I will send it on
without further comment as soon as it is published or details on where to
locate it if it can not be circulated.

May I add, that those of you over the years who have thought that my
strong support for DDT was a bit wacky, will now see that I am in the
mainstream as far as the medical/scientific literature is concerned.
Unfortunately, the medical/scientific arguments on DDT's safety and on the
huge cost in lives (particularly those of children in Africa)
that banning will bring, could lose out (and probably will) to the well
organized campaign that feeds on fear and misconception unless more of us
raise our voices to defend the children of Africa.


Thomas R. DeGregori, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-5882
Ph. 001 - 1 - 713 743-3838
Fax 001 - 1 - 713 743-3798
Email trdegreg@uh.edu
Web homepage http://www.uh.edu/~trdegreg

Date: Jul 26 2000 19:42:43 EDT
From: Dr._Jose_Luis_Solleiro
Subject: RE: Three articles and an editorial in The Lancet

I think that argumentation should be more comprehensive, because malaria
is just one disease. Analysis should be made on the impacts of DDT on
health, in general. I agree that we should have strong arguments to those
of Greenpeace, but not based on defending DDT.

----- Original Message -----
From: Tom DeGregori (by way of C. S. Prakash)
To: AgBioView
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2000 6:13 PM
Subject: DDT: Three articles and an editorial in The Lancet

> AgBioView - http://www.agbioworld.org, http://agbioview.listbot.com
> There are three articles and an editorial in the current issue of the
> British medical journal, The Lancet that are essential reading for
> members of this news group. The Lancet, Vol 356 Issue 9226)
> One is on the human cost in death and illness from malaria from the
> restrictions on the use of DDT and the even greater cost of a global
> ban. One is on the toxicity (or lack of it) for DDT particularly in
> relation to more toxic alternatives. One is on the problem of
> finding effective protection against malaria (using Thailand as a
ě case).

Date: Jul 26 2000 20:14:21 EDT
From: Dr._Jose_Luis_Solleiro
Subject: RE: Public meeting 24-7-2000

Dear friends,
Exactly the same happened to me in Mexico, acting as speaker at a seminar
held at the Graduate School of Agriculture. Faculty and students had the
attitude of: "say what you want, we don┤t believe you..." "....we are not
going to eat that even if you say it's safe".
I am convinced we have to communicate solid data in a digestible format.
People want to know who is testing what and what kind of results are being
obtained to support safety of GM foods. It is also important to inform on
the rationale and validity of rugulatory procedures. Let's exchange that
type of information.

JosÚ Luis Solleiro

----- Original Message -----
To: AgBioView
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2000 2:42 AM
Subject: Public meeting 24-7-2000

> AgBioView - http://www.agbioworld.org, http://agbioview.listbot.com
> Dear list members,
> Last night I attended an activist meeting in Melbourne, Australia. There
> were about 45 people there, including myself. Sadly, as far as I know, I
> was the only person there that supported agricultural biotechnology.
> Everyone else was against the application of this technology in crops and
> food. What made the experience worse was the amount of miss-information
> that was supplied to those attending. I have no doubt that some members
> the audience came looking for information, but all they received was a
> political stance. By the end of the night I was furious.