If you hang around much with conservatives, you’ve no doubt heard the charge that environmentalists, inspired by Rachel Carson, led the charge to ban DDT and thereby “mass murdered” millions of Africans the pesticide could have saved.

It’s bullshit.

Grist relies on the support of generous readers like you. Donate today to keep our climate news free.

Jeff Dorchen explains why.

(via Tim Lambert, who owns the DDT issue)

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.