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Councillor Green Wants DDT to Eradicate Bedbugs

I’m reblogging this brilliant article from permaculture Hamilton. The human race will continue to poison our own planet unrelentingly while ignoring the consequences.
Today we are using pesticide 7,000 times stronger than DDT and threatening populations of bees and birds. The neonicotinoids are today’s DDT. But we see our bites as more irritating than the consequences of the poison.
As the insects develop resistance, we persist in developing more nasty treatments that contribute negatively to our own health and well being while destroying animal and insect populations.

Permaculture Hamilton

The Liberation of Bergen-belsen Concentration Camp, May 1945 After dressing in clean clothes, a woman inmate is dusted with DDT powder to kill the lice which spread typhus. The dusting is done by other former camp inmates (many of whom were trained nurses before being interned) under the supervision of the Royal Army Medical Corps. The Liberation of Bergen-belsen Concentration Camp, May 1945
After dressing in clean clothes, a woman inmate is dusted with DDT powder to kill the lice which spread typhus. The dusting is done by other former camp inmates (many of whom were trained nurses before being interned) under the supervision of the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Good night, sleep tight.

Don’t let the bedbugs bite.

But if they do, take off your shoe,

And beat them ’til they’re black and blue.

The Dilemma

Ward 3 homes are beset by bedbugs. Ward 3 schools have a serious problem with recurring head lice. Matthew Green, Ward 3’s newly-elected Councillor, wants to lift Canada’s 1969 ban on DDT to eradicate bedbugs, the insect scourge of poverty. If he is successful, his solution may also reduce lice in Ward 3, as a side benefit. Or, it could promote chemical resistance in both bedbugs and lice.

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4 comments on “Councillor Green Wants DDT to Eradicate Bedbugs

  1. jpeggytaylor
    November 23, 2014

    What a crazy, bad and dangerous idea! We need less pesticides being used not more. Also on this theme, I read recently that the US Federal government have agreed to the use of a chemical constituent of Agent Orange to help eradicate the superweeds that are running out of control across some states in the US as a result of the use of GM seeds – the Round-Up pesticide built into the seeds is no longer effective. We urgently need to put the future of the planet before the profits of these cavalier corporations.

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  2. Rambling Woods
    November 24, 2014

    I hate that photo. My husband’s grandparents were murdered in a camp..

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      November 24, 2014

      My grandfather died in a prisoner of war camp which was probsbly very similar.

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