Scientist Joe Kaplinsky takes a sober look at the controversial chemical DDT, noting that it is one of the most effective pesticides ever developed and great at combating malaria. He also employs a critical approach to the intellectual legacy of Rachel Carson, author of the famous 1962 book “The Silent Spring”. Kaplinsky takes on the anti-scientific prejudices of Carson and her followers and suggests DDT could be and should be widely used today to save lives.

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