Welcome back DDT!

According to the Wall Street Journal and other press reports, “The World Health Organization, conceding that widely used malaria-fighting methods have failed to bring the catastrophic disease under control, plans to announce Friday that it will encourage the use of DDT even though the pesticide has been banned or tightly restricted in many parts of the world.” According to MSNBC.com, “the U.S. government already has decided to pay for DDT and other indoor insecticide use as part of President Bush’s $1.2 billion, five-year initiative to control malaria in Africa.” (It’s interesting to note on the WHO web site that European countries are experiencing “epidemics” of heart disease and diabetes similar to the U.S.)