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Rehabilitating Carson

Why do some people continue to hold Rachel Carson responsible for millions of malaria deaths?

By John Quiggin   May 2008

Click here to read a reply from Roger Bate of Africa Fighting Malaria

Rachel Carson launched the modern environmental movement. She was posthumously awarded the US presidential medal of freedom, and has conservation areas, prizes and associations named in her honour.

Yet Carson has also been accused of killing more people than Hitler. Her detractors hold her responsible for a “ban” on the use of the insecticide DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), which, they claim, halted a campaign that was on the verge of eradicating malaria in the 1960s.

Some mainstream journalists have accepted this story, which in turn has led…

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