February 12, 2016

“Save the birds, kill the babies”: Zika virus epidemic reveals warped priorities of eco-left… again

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

Another mosquito born illness is hurting poor children in developing countries.

Predictably, the environmental left is leaving these people to suffer in search of more complicated, costly and slower acting solutions. Wash rinse repeat.

This time it's Zika virus. That’s the mosquito born virus sweeping Brazil, infecting one million people. Zika is suspected of causing microcephaly in unborn babies whose mothers have contracted the virus. Microcephaly is a birth defect typified by a small skull often resulting in brain damage.

Zika is the latest in a long line of mosquito borne illnesses that can be easily and cheaply controlled using a life saving treatment. That life saving treatment has the ability to mitigate millions of deaths worldwide every year caused by Yellow Fever, Dengue, Sleeping Sickness, Encephalitis, Plague, West Nile and Malaria. That treatment is DDT.

DDT is the chemical pesticide that has been used to control mosquito, lice and flea populations around the world. In World War One, mosquito borne typhus killed more service men than bullets. By World War Two, because of DDT, Typhus was no longer a problem. In fact, according to the National Academy of Sciences, by the 1960s, DDT had saved half a billion people from death by Malaria - mostly poor people in developing countries.

But then the war on DDT started. Studies about bird health and cancer were manipulated by the same anti-science wackos that attack our oil sands now. DDT was banned in many countries and now a person dies every 30 seconds from Malaria, and that’s just Malaria. That’s not counting all the other deadly diseases that mosquitoes carry.

No vaccine for Zika exists and one is years away from development. DDT is cheap, effective and available now when babies and moms in the developing world need it the most.

The Left would rather fund late term abortion on demand to terminate the pregnancies of women exposed to the Zika virus rather than allow the spraying of a highly effective pesticide. For these environmentalists, viable human babies are less important than rumours and innuendo about disappearing songbirds. If these diseases were first world problems, these green types wouldn’t be waiting around for a solution they felt was eco-friendly enough while their own children died. "Save the birds, kill the babies!" hardly seems like a solution at all.

This ideological opposition to pesticides is a death sentence for millions.


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commented 2016-02-12 23:00:52 -0500

Sheila Gunn Reid is CORRECT ! Here are some more facts. Prohibiting DDT insecticide led directly to the spread of the Zika virus epidemic. DDT was⁄is the most effective and most affordable chemical we have to control insect-borne diseases like malaria, and ostensibly Zika Virus. Right now, it seems highly likely that the Yellow Fever Mosquito, the insect-vector for Zika Virus, will gain foot-holds in America, as did the West Nile Virus, although the magnitude has yet be determined. Far worse, Brazil is hosting the Summer Olympics in 2016, and it is unlikely that it will be able to do an effective job in controlling Zika virus. There is one legitimate solution ― DDT insecticide. Claims of controlling insect-borne diseases without DDT are incorrect and fundamentally mis-leading ! Furthermore, there is NO evidence that DDT insecticide is harmful to human health. DDT-hating fanatics have been WRONG for over 50 years ! Any campaign against DDT means it is used far less than is efficient or desired against insect-borne diseases like Zika virus. http://wp.me/p1jq40-9df For more information about DDT, go to The Pesticide Truths Web-Site … http://wp.me/P1jq40-1I5

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commented 2016-02-12 19:11:02 -0500
DDT is regularly allowed for special circumstances, was used for bedbugs in T.O. . Right wing is pivoting this to their own advantage even though fogging has likely been going on for weeks. These guys are liars..
commented 2016-02-12 19:07:05 -0500
Now if they could come up with a strain of DDT that would just kill Mosquito’s, Socialist’s and Marxist, that would be something worth using. It would have to take out phony Liberal PM’s and their gangs also.
commented 2016-02-12 19:05:08 -0500
They are using DDT… that’s was those fog machines are spewing out you morons…
commented 2016-02-12 19:02:39 -0500
Unfortunately, this is population control. The world has too many people as it is. These are just human babies, as they are nothing special. Foetuses are a parasite.
commented 2016-02-12 17:13:53 -0500
WOW, impressive information, as usual.
Fact from W.H.O. & CDC: Impact Of Dengue: (An estimated 2.5 billion people live in over 100 endemic countries and areas where dengue viruses can be transmitted. Up to 50 million infections occur annually with 500 000 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever and 22,000 deaths mainly among children) and that’s only 1 of 10 deadly mosquito viruses!
Great commentary Sheila.
commented 2016-02-12 17:06:37 -0500
And yet when it suites their agenda it ok to kill birds by windmills and solar panels
commented 2016-02-12 16:39:47 -0500
Population control at its purest level.
commented 2016-02-12 15:20:35 -0500
Andrew you have missed the point of the article by the way.
commented 2016-02-12 15:20:07 -0500
Andrew MOST? Give your head a shake. Now go listen to some BS science about global warming. Or please tell us how taxes will stop it, since that is REAL science eh?
commented 2016-02-12 13:19:41 -0500
DDT isn’t actually particularly effective, most mosquitoes developed resistance to it decades ago and that has not abated even now that the selective pressure is gone. You might be able to achieve a 75% reduction in mosquito populations – which is a lot, mind you, but not enough to stop the spread of Zika (especially if it does transmit directly from person to person, as it increasingly appears to).

This column is strange, and not based in any sort of real science. Most of the pro-DDT lobbyists either ignore or are unaware of how widespread resistance to it actually is. That’s why they stopped using it in the first place, it ceased to provide sufficient benefit to be worth the impact on birds of prey.
commented 2016-02-12 12:46:02 -0500
Okay, I’m definitely a conservative, however, I don’t disagree with the ban on pesticides. They are killer chemicals which may affect us all in the end. I also believe there are too many people on the planet…definitely not socialist.
commented 2016-02-12 12:25:22 -0500
Remember that all socialists, no exceptions, want fewer people on the planet and are very happy to promote schemes that kill people.

This socialist narrative originated in Europe – Europe is losing its economic might to Asian (it already lost to the US a number of years ago).

So the latest manipulative (lie) cause from Europe is population control (aside from the Global Warming (often referred to as seasons) fraud).

No wonder millions left Europe a few hundred years ago to create their own world in the Americas – inbred, lazy entitled European houses – all mentally deranged.
commented 2016-02-12 12:24:46 -0500
The left is like Scrooge when he said, “If they like be to die, they had better do so and decrease the surplus population.” Socialism is evil incarnate, from the ban on DDT that saves millions of lives through to the fight against golden rice which saves children’s lives and vision. Socialists are evil.