40 countries pledge against the use of DDT, carcinogenic pesticide

World - At the Stockholm Conference on Persistent Organic Pollutants, DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), although cancer was not added to the list of banned products. However, 40 countries are committed with the WHO and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in order to significantly reduce its use.

Banning DDT was not possible yet because the insecticide is used in the fight against malaria. If it can save lives, it is also considered extremely dangerous. Indeed, several studies have shown that it is carcinogenic.

Faced with this dilemma, WHO, UNEP and the Global Environment Facility pledged to seek alternatives to DDT to be able to ban the use permanently.

Forty countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia have agreed to join the "Demonstration and acceleration of sustainable alternatives to DDT in the management of insect vectors of disease" which has 10 alternative projects.

These are to test products and non-chemical techniques that will fight against insect carriers of disease to gradually replace DDT. Modeled on Central America, which has managed to reduce 60% of malaria cases, these countries have set a goal: to reduce 30% of pesticide use by 2014, with a budget of 40 million.

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