35 years after DDT was banned, it is still found in the fish that are caught off the coast of Southern California. The LA Times has a wonderful story about the levels of DDT found in the fish here have the highest levels of DDT…in the WORLD.
From the Times: “More recent annual sampling by Los Angeles County, far less extensive than the federal survey, suggests that the DDT levels in fish may be improving but still far exceed safe levels.”
So next time you are about to order fish at a restaurant here in Los Angeles, remember this. DDT used to be sprayed all over my neighborhood when I was a kid to ward off the mosquitos. I am so glad I can still get my daily recommended allowance by eating some local fish!