On Unintended Consequences

Ms. Peggy Rendely, Former Undergraduate Advising Coordinator of CUA’s Busch School of Business and Economics discusses Rachel Carson and the regulation of the insecticide DDT in the following video:

Ms. Rendely questions the United States putting pressure on other countries not to use the insecticide DDT when it has been effective in fighting malaria. Can you think of other area in which Americans may have trouble taking into account the effects of their decisions on the developing world?

Photo: “Mosquito” by Tom is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jaesen Evangelista says:

    Immigration laws. ‘Nough said. (I talked more about this in the previous post)

  2. Cecilia Bracey says:

    I personally found this video hard to watch because of the remarks made about DDT. Ms. Rendely fails to mention the harm it has upon the organisms in an ecosystem. It is true that there is not evidence that is it harmful to humans. Science only says it is harmful to animals. According to the NPIC or National Pesticide Information Center, DDT is one way to combat malaria, but it also has harmful effects on the environment. It causes the thinning of eggshells in birds which decreases their ability to reproduce. It is highly toxic to aquatic animals and causes them to have heart problems or issues with fertility and it can lead to death. As a University, I think it is distasteful to put out a video remarking that DDT is not at all harmful and then blaming Rachel Carson for the fact that people in Africa are dying of Malaria. That is quite a leap.

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