“We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.” -George Bernard Shaw

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Photo by George Konig
Photo by George Koni

These photos tell it all: hundreds of sheep being DDT ‘dusted’ to fight ticks; a model being sprayed for a photo promotion to prove that DDT won’t harm her, or her hot dog!; a child in Germany being sprayed with DDT to combat lice while the onlookers giggle.

This stuff was treated like gold back in the 60s and 70s.

A new study, published this week by the Public Health Institute, concluded that girls who were exposed to DDT in the womb are nearly 4 times more likely to develop breast cancer, and are more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive tumors and advanced stages of it.

But, hey, let’s get some more of that Roundup over here – these weeds have got to go!!

Pretty much everyone in industrialized nations was exposed to DDT between the 1940s and 1970s.  It was Rachel Carson who affected its ban with the release of her landmark book, Silent Spring, in 1962, which effectively incited the original “environmental” movement.  But it took about ten years for public outcry to turn to political action and DDT was finally banned here in 1972.  It’s still sprayed in Africa.

Carson found out about her own breast cancer a year after her physician discovered it; back then, women – even those with biology degrees from The Johns Hopkins University – were not considered sensible enough to be told of these things…I know, right?  But that’s for some other blog writer to muse about. The disease took her at age 56.

I wonder what unforeseen consequences we might find 30 years from now from this new set of chemicals that are purported to make our lives better.

 

Learn More – News from Just This Week on Monsanto:

France Bans Roundup in Garden Centers: http://www.newsweek.com/france-bans-sale-monsantos-roundup-garden-centers-after-un-names-it-probable-343311

Lawsuit Begins This Week in St. Louis, Alleging Exposure to Monsanto’s PCBs Caused Cancers: http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/monsanto-pcb-lawsuit-set-to-begin-in-st-louis-county/article_a5101269-fa99-520c-88c5-325ffa80ec16.html

This week on the Hill – GMO labeling Bill: http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/06/17/monsanto-throws-weight-behind-voluntary-gmo-labeling-bill/

Source Stuff: 

http://www.phi.org/news-events/774/prenatal-ddt-exposure-tied-to-nearly-four-fold-increase-in-breast-cancer-risk

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/15616-breast-cancer-ddt-pesticide-environment/

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