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Deadly environmental contamination by Shell chemicals

The ‘pests’ won this ‘chemical war’, of course. That was pre-ordained by the biological laws of nature (natural selection, etc.). They adapted and became biologically resistant to the deadly chemicals. How about that. Darwin was correct. Who would have thought? Not Shell (or did they?).

Comment by a former employee of Shell Oil USA

I got to thinking about the Dr. Stangelove (Peter Sellers above) themed editorial recently published on this website…

“HOW I LEARNED TO QUIT WORRYING AND LOVE SHELL PESTICIDES”

And as strange as it may seem, the ‘fall out’ from Shell’s very nasty, long lived pesticides Dieldrin/Aldrin is as persistent and deadly as the radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons. Those pesticides poison everything, cause cancer, produce birth defects, etc., and can produce health problems many years after exposure. And pesticide laden dust from agricultural fields travels with the wind just like ‘radioactive fallout’.

It is a very apt analogy, and the environment damage is just as serious. Those pesticides are the equivalent of an ‘environmental nuclear bomb’. And those poisonous ‘bombs’ were sold and employed in the ‘chemical war’ against agricultural ‘pests’ all over the planet.

So, guess who hyped these pesticide ‘weapons against pests’ to government agencies and agri-business as the solution to the ‘pest problem’ long after the environmental and health problems with these chemicals were known? And like all defense contractors in every country, guess who made a fortune off this futile and ill considered ‘chemical war’ against nature?

The ‘pests’ won this ‘chemical war’, of course. That was pre-ordained by the biological laws of nature (natural selection, etc.). They adapted and became biologically resistant to the deadly chemicals. How about that. Darwin was correct. Who would have thought? Not Shell (or did they?).

So guess who lost this ‘chemical war’? Guess who lives with the consequences of the deadly environmental contamination?

Isn’t that a nice thought for the day.

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