Why is DDT so bad for the environment?



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    DDT is toxic to a wide range of animals in addition to insects. It is highly toxic to different forms of aquatic life such as crayfish and various species of fish. It is mildly toxic to mammals but for certain bird species, DDT was very problematic for their population. As birds of prey such as bald eagles kept consuming fish that had traces of DDT in their system, it began to accumulate in their system. This led to a negative effect in their ability to reproduce. It resulted in the thinning of their eggs, thus resulting in them being more susceptible to breaking. Other bird species that were greatly affected by DDT were the brown pelican, peregrine falcon, and the osprey. 

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