There is evidence that DDT is linked to human health problems. This was shown when the compound was introduced in rats and mice in a lab resulting to problems in productivity and development (EPA, 2003). However, there are no legal cases reported concerning the effects on humans.
In order to curb the risks of the chemicals we should research and test the effects of these chemicals. Evaluation should follow tests so as to know the sources and high concentration areas. Preventive strategies should also be implemented such as: using organic fertilizers and treating run-offs before they reach waters (EPA, 2003).
Drastic steps should be used to curb the spread of the chemicals since they cause death and health fatalities. Stakeholders that would be involved in combating the risk are: the government, community, NGO’s, and health institutions (EPA, 2003). The results would be worth it as humans and animals would be healthier.
Health records and test results from research institutes are ample evidences that would make me take drastic action on chemical threats. Tests are to be done by qualified health professionals and for a certain period specifically for more than seven years so as to be able to evaluate and conclude if the results are from the chemicals (EPA, 2003).
Marjon has listed toxic chemicals in the environment but has not provided scientific data of their hazards. I agree with her second post that community education is the best preventive strategy. She has not listed stakeholders who would be crucial in addressing the problem. Her last post was correct but she did not list feasible steps in combating risks.
EPA (2003). EPA strategic plan 2003-2008: direction for the future. Washington DC: DIANE publishing company. Pp. 101-107