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TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN T.C. Boyle, in Without a Hero and Other Stories - page 4 / 4

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It was something. It was really something. Of course, you've all seen the reports. There were other factors we hadn't counted on, adverse conditions in the paddies and manioc fields-we don't to this day know what predatory species were inadvertently killed off by the initial sprayings, it's just a mystery-but the weevils and whatnot took a pretty heavy toll on the crops that year, and by the time we dropped the cats, well, the people were pretty hungry, and I suppose it was inevitable that we lost a good proportion of them right then and there. But we've got a CARE program going there now, and something hit the rat population- we still don't know what, a virus, we think-and the geckos, they tell me, are making a comeback.

So what I'm saying is, it could be worse, and to every cloud a silver lining, wouldn't you agree, gentlemen?

Assignment: Make a food web of all the organisms affected by the spraying of DDT in Borneo.

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