If you live in the tropics, malaria can still take your life the way it always has: painfully over the course of a few days, or within hours if you’re lucky.
In northern climes, West Nile virus can likewise knock you out in a matter of days if you’re young or elderly.
But don’t bother complaining to organic activists about the mosquitoes that carry these diseases.
Dying from perfectly preventable diseases like West Nile virus and malaria is natural, according to the leaders of the organic movement. Better to let people die rather than resort to the use of synthetic subdstances to control mosquitoes.
This has been the case since activists banned DDT in 1972, eliminating our only effective means of preventing the spread of malaria.
The United Nations’ World Health Organization has finally backed off, somewhat, in its resolute ban of DDT. But still, as many as one mil- lion people die every year in the world’s poorest regions, mostly children younger than five, from a preventable disease.
Here in North America, the leadership of the organic community is likewise doing everything it can to impede the effective control of mosquitoes.
In Colorado, a judge just ruled that longtime resident Jim Hopper can continue spraying mosquitoes on his property, but only as long as he stays 150 feet back from his neighbour’s organic fields. Federal law, mean- while, requires only a 25 foot buffer — on the organic side of the fence.
Through judicial activism, egged on by organic fanatics, mosquitoes can now continue to multiply along a vast swath of Hopper’s property.
Hopper started spraying when his wife, Georgia, contracted West Nile virus in 2006 after local authorities acceded to the will of organic activists and stopped spraying mosquitoes.
She almost died, so Hopper bought his own equipment and set out to protect his wife’s health, not to mention that of others in the area.
Who in his right mind wants to be the source of the mosquito that infects someone with a potentially fatal illness? Organic activists, that’s who.
They dragged the Hoppers into court and enforced this absurd 150- foot buffer restriction, which has no basis in law whatsoever, all in the nameofbeing“natural.”
Here in British Columbia, a lady by the name of Erica Kroeker, who ran her local government’s mosquito- control program, warned local politi- cians that “organic farms will lose their status” if larvicide is used on their property to control mosquitoes. She was being egged on by the folks who run the tax-subsidized offices of Certified Organic Associations of B.C. But guess what? Someone’s lying.
It turns out organic farmers will not lose their certification if mosquito larvicide is applied on their property, nor if mosquito spray is used next to their property.
The only way an organic farmer could face any possible backlash for allowing a neighbour or local authority to spray or apply larvicide is if someone within the leadership of the organic industry decided to give such a farmer a hard time. This would not only be unconscionable but illegal.
In both cases, organic activists want no spraying and only a “natural” larvicide to be used. But Bacillus thuringiensis serovar israelensis (Bti) dissipates quickly and has to be re-applied every time it rains. Bti also kills non-biting midges that are food for fish, so it’s actually worse than man-made larvicide, which specifi- cally targets mosquito larvae.
And if an effective larvicide isn’t used, you then have no choice but to eventually spray mosquitoes after they take flight, otherwise you put the lives of good people like Georgia Hopper at risk.
But facts be damned. Authorities in Colorado and B.C. have decided to allow organic activists to “help” them determine what qualifies as an “acceptable” solution, which is tantamount to asking vegetarians to come up with an “acceptable” ver- sion of the turkey dinner.
How exactly is it “natural” if people die?