Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Major study - "Neonic" pesticides harm not only bees, but earth-worms, butterflies, fish and birds as well.

quote [ Analysing two decades of reports on the topic, an international panel of 29 scientists found there was "clear evidence of harm" from use of two pesticide types, neonicotinoids and fipronil. And the evidence was "sufficient to trigger regulatory action". ]

Meanwhile, there's reportedly no immediate alternative to these pesticides, and other sourcesclaim Neonics pose no threat. (Article from last year)
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Informative]
[by blacksun@4:28pmGMT]


GordonGuano said @ 6:07pm GMT on 24th Jun
Tiime to stop growing wheat, maize, and cotton. Good thing hemp can replace all of them.
Ankylosaur said @ 6:14pm GMT on 24th Jun
Nothing says summer like buttered hemp on the cob.
GordonGuano said @ 7:01pm GMT on 24th Jun
Hemp cheese is not terrible, surprisingly.
mechanical contrivance said @ 7:08pm GMT on 24th Jun
I've never tried hemp bread. How is it?
GordonGuano said @ 7:23pm GMT on 24th Jun
Dunno, never tried it.
foobar said @ 7:11pm GMT on 24th Jun
All of those are wind pollinated.
GordonGuano said @ 7:25pm GMT on 24th Jun
And need a shit ton of pesticides if we're to get usr of them before the bugs.
foobar said @ 7:11pm GMT on 24th Jun
Bad headline; as you point out yourself, the results are inconclusive and require further study.

Preferably by someone other than "The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, which advises the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world's watchdog on species loss" or Bayer.
bltrocker said @ 8:17pm GMT on 24th Jun
Eh. I'm starting to believe that neonic pesticides are one factor (of many) for bee decline. There is some evidence out there starting to pile up.
blacksun said @ 11:30pm GMT on 24th Jun
Yeah I realized the possible biased source issues with both links before posting, but I don't have time to dig deeper now.

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