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Viewpoint: Research raises concerns about ‘ecosystem-wide impact’ of neonicotinoid pesticides

One of the main lessons that emerged from Silent Spring is that we overuse pesticides at our own peril because ...
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‘Ecocide’? Green groups blast France for lifting neonicotinoid pesticide ban to save sugar-beet growers

France has moved to reverse a ban on a class of pesticides only weeks after it came into force, reigniting ...
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Socialist EU Parliament member urges regulators to block neonicotinoid pesticide use in France

French Socialist MEP Eric Andrieu says he has written to the European Commission to ask for the suspension of a ...
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Viewpoint: When politics and emotion dictate pesticide safety rules, farmers lose

What happens when science is overwhelmed by politics, rhetoric, emotions, and the vessels now used to perpetuate it — social ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide ban, drought could cut French sugar beet yields 30-50 percent, USDA finds

France is the largest producer of sugar beets in Europe growing just over 30 percent of EU27+UK's production in ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Bird apocalypse’? Study wrongly blames neonicotinoid pesticides for declining bird biodiversity

Though periodic deaths of bees continue to happen, and have been documented for as long as records of bees have ...
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Democratic lawmakers propose ban on organophosphate and neonicotinoid insecticides

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) are introducing companion legislation to cancel the registrations of organophosphates and ...
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Facing decimated yields, French sugar-beet growers demand access to banned neonicotinoid insecticides

Since April, the beet yellows virus has destroyed a large part of France's sugar beet harvest, including nearly 50% of ...
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Podcast: With honeybees no longer abandoning their colonies, deadly Varroa destructor mite now biggest threat to bee health

University of Maryland entomologist Samuel Ramsey sits down with NPR's Maddie Sofia to discuss how America's honeybees are faring in ...
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Viewpoint: Bees and pesticides—Europe’s precautionary rules neglect science, hinder sustainable farming

A core element of EU environmental law is the precautionary principle (PP), which theoretically requires regulators to err on the ...
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Viewpoint: There’s no industry conspiracy to corrupt research on bees and neonicotinoid insecticides

There’s a stereotype that industry-funded research is inherently compromised. Perhaps this is true for some specific cases, but for honey ...
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EU neonic insecticide ban cut UK canola production from 1.8 million acres to 1.3 million annually

In 2012, U.K. farmers seeded about 1.8 million acres of oilseed rape [canola]. But over the last eight years, acreage ...
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Farmers cheer EPA rulings on glyphosate, neonicotinoid pesticides, while activists pan them as concessions to industry

In a move heralded by farmers but panned by environmental groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to reapprove ...
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EPA approves continued use of controversial neonicotinoid insecticides, with added restrictions to protect bees

The EPA announced [Jan 30] it supports the continued use and registration of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides linked to ...
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EPA to decide the future of dicamba, neonicotinoids and other controversial pesticides in 2020

The EPA this year will deliver important decisions to U.S. agriculture, including on chlorpyrifos, glyphosate, the neonicotinoids, pyrethroids, atrazine and ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Bee-pocalypse’—one of the 2010s biggest overblown moral panics

Human beings are anxious creatures. We worry about things that might kill us. We worry about things that might kill ...
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Canadian judge rejects activist bid to immediately ban neonicotinoid pesticide Thiamethoxam

Ottawa-Federal Appeal Court Justice Richard Southcott has dismissed an application by environment groups challenging a 24 month phase out of ...
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What’s missing from claims that neonicotinoids are killing bees, birds and fish?

Criticism of pesticides is often undeserved -- and sometimes absolutely bizarre ...
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Viewpoint: How a small group of scientists and pliable media created a ‘catastrophe narrative’ that hurts bees and farmers

The scientists who glommed onto the “bee-pocalypse” narrative never bothered to go back and correct the record ...
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Pesticides endanger humans, animals, beneficial insects? Rethinking simplistic notions, understanding trade-offs in sustainability and health

As much as pesticides are a threat to certain ecosystems, they’re also responsible for providing the planet with food in ...
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Bill reinstating neonicotinoid pesticide ban on wildlife refuges gains traction in Congress

A bill that would reinstate a regulation banning certain pesticides from wildlife refuges was approved by the House Committee on ...
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Winter honeybee losses cut in half since 2012 as beekeepers battle deadly varroa mite

It looks as though the period of alarmingly high winter mortality in honeybees is over. And a long-term study by ...
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Neonic pesticides offer negligible benefits to farmers? ‘Nonsense,’ says Iowa soybean grower

Most people would say that life is unpredictable. We have our plans and routines, but there’s no way to tell ...
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Fifth US retailer announces plan to ‘phase out’ neonic pesticides from supply chain

Another food retailer has announced a plan to minimize its use of pesticides in a bid to help protect pollinators, ...
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Do farmers really need neonic insecticides? Study sparks debate over pesticides’ future

New research has found a widely used and increasingly controversial insecticide has “negligible” benefits for commercially grown soybeans. Pesticide makers ...
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Honeybees, varroa mites and pesticides: Entomologist explains what you need to know

[O]n Florida Matters, we talk with Jamie Ellis, Professor of Entomology and director of honey bee research at the University ...
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North American bird populations dropped 30% over 50 years, but causes hard to ‘pin down’

North America’s birds are disappearing from the skies at a rate that’s shocking even to ornithologists. Since the 1970s, the ...
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