Ban DDT Use Globally Today!

By: Rebecca Hall


DDT is a chemical water pollutant. Runoff from areas treated with DDT can cause negative ecosystem damage and can cause damage to the aquatic life of the water that it flows to.


Sources/Locations of DDT:

Humans can be exposed to DDT through the following methods:

  • Contaminated fish and shellfish
  • Infants: breast milk
  • Consuming imported food that has been directly contaminated with DDT
  • Consuming crops grown in directly contaminated soil
Most sources of DDT in the United States come from the Great Lakes.


Problems Caused:

Health problems caused by DDT include:

  • Probable human carcinogen
  • Liver damage
  • Temporary nervous system damage
  • Reduced reproductive success
  • Liver cancer
  • Reproductive system damage


Environmental problems caused by DDT include:

  • Species extinction
  • Animal reproductive damage
  • Toxicity to amphibians
  • Severe effects through biomagnification


Residence Time:

The exact residence time of DDT is not known. However, it is believed to be several years.

Possible Treatments:

Possible treatments include banning DDT in the United States and reducing the use of DDT in foreign nations.