DDT in Australia

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The use of DDT in Australia has been fully banned since 1987.


Main article: DDT

(Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane) (DDT) was a widely used synthetic pesticide before its usage was banned in many countries, following many campaigns that it is harmful to the environment and wildlife. It is a persistent organic pollutant with a half-life of 2–15 years.


DDT was first registered as an insecticide in Australia in the 1950s. A 1972 report from the Australian Academy of Science entitled The Use of DDT in Australia recommended continued use of DDT where its use clearly outweighed the disadvantages, plus further emphasis on research for alternatives.[1]

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  • Australian Academy of Science (1972). The Use of DDT in Australia. Reports of the Australian Academy of Science ; no. 14. Canberra: Australian Academy of Science. 

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