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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262535021

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262535021.001.0001

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DDT, Pollution, and Gomarara: A Muted Debate

DDT, Pollution, and Gomarara: A Muted Debate

(p.267) 13 DDT, Pollution, and Gomarara: A Muted Debate
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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

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This chapter considers the link between vachana's organochlorine pesticide (OCP) use, and the high incidence of many types of cancer, a condition known as gomarara. The chapter first explores the state of gomarara in Zimbabwe, drawing out the incidence of those types of gomarara usually associated with OCPs. The second section reconstructs debates about OCPs as environmental pollutants, an issue that was muted at the height of the spraying campaigns of the 1950s to 1970s, and is largely forgotten now. Some of the investigations made into the environmental effects of OCPs elsewhere were also considered, marshalling that evidence to ask questions and to map and follow the itineraries of these pesticides in our bodies and those of our animal cousins.

Keywords:   vachana, organochlorine pesticides, cancer, gomarara, Zimbabwe

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