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EU neonicotinoid insecticide ban, Brexit prompt some UK farmers to grow less risky crops to protect yields

The [UK] Paterson Farming Partnership is a joint venture between Worstead Farms, run by brothers Gavin, Bruce and Alex Paterson, ...
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Claims of ‘insect armageddon’ based on ‘patchy, unrepresentative and piecemeal’ data, entomologists say

In 1828, a teenager named Charles Darwin opened a letter to his cousin with “I am dying by inches, from not having ...
US Rep Earl Blumenauer introduces bill to suspend neonicotinoid insecticide use, citing 'devastating' impact on bees

US Rep Earl Blumenauer introduces bill to suspend neonicotinoid insecticide use, citing ‘devastating’ impact on bees

On [February 21], Congressman Earl Blumenauer [of Oregon] introduced legislation he said will help bees by suspending the use of insecticides that ...
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Viewpoint: Pervert science at your peril—anti-GMO campaigners, vaccine deniers and ‘bee-pocalypse’ scaremongers find common ground in ‘evidence rejectionism’

Widespread misunderstanding of the nature of science and the confirmation bias spawned by social media and the internet can have ...
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‘Unintended consequences’: UK restrictions on neonicotinoid insecticides may have harmed bees

One of Britain’s biggest beekeepers says he must relocate hundreds of hives because cabbage stem flea beetle has destroyed so ...
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Podcast: Deadly varroa mite has made winter of 2019 the worst in 10 years for honey bees

Experts say honey bees are dealing with many stressors: chemicals, loss of wildflowers, climate change, nutrition and viruses. But this ...
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‘Eco-friendly’ fungus capsules could help potato farmers fight destructive wireworm pest

An EU-funded INBIOSOIL project has developed a new, eco-friendly method to control wireworm in potatoes that can be used in ...
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Will Canada rethink its proposed ban on neonicotinoid pesticides?

Health Canada scientists have been studying water monitoring data, from across the country, and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency may ...
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Why neonicotinoid pesticides don’t deserve a ‘deadly to bees’ label

While some activists blame the popular class of pesticides for bee deaths, research suggests there are many contributing factors. And ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s why we don’t have to worry about a world without insects

Recent headlines about the coming collapse of the insect world are another case of extrapolation from inadequate data ...
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New Hampshire considers ban on pesticides some claim are toxic to bees

New Hampshire lawmakers on [February 12] will take up a proposal to ban most uses of pesticides that are toxic ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide clothianidin unlikely to harm healthy honeybee colonies

Interactions between multiple stressors have been implicated in elevated honeybee colony losses. Here, we extend our landscape-scale study on the ...
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Modern farming isn’t driving insect declines, agricultural industry says

A new piece of research, carried out by Francisco Sánchez-Bayo and Kris Wyckhuys, reviewed 73 historical reports of insect declines from ...
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Intensive agriculture driving insects towards extinction, threatening “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems,” study claims

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems,” according to the ...
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Monarch butterfly, milkweed declines not driven by GMO crops, study shows

To get a better understanding of the monarch butterfly’s future, Jack Boyle built a time machine. Boyle, a Mellon Postdoctoral ...
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Talking Biotech: Recruiting bees as soldiers in the war on plant pests

The company Bee Vectoring Technologies uses bees to control deadly plant pests ...
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New vectoring technology turns bees into soldiers in the war against plant pests

Bees are being armed as soldiers in the war on plant pests, leading the charge toward sustainable farming. Farming is ...
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Europe may relax its ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, alleged to harm bees, leaked document suggests

According to a leaked document, the European Commission is considering ditching bee-safety standards that led to a ban of three ...
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Plants have a sense of smell—can we harness it to fight pests, improve crop quality?

Plants don't need noses to smell. The ability is in their genes. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have discovered ...
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Viewpoint: How monarch butterflies exposed the hypocrisy of anti-GMO Greenpeace

In the past, I have asked....two very silly sounding questions toward Greenpeace. Why do they like watermelons? And why do they like grapefruits? As ...
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Canada says Monsanto weed killer Roundup unlikely to cause cancer—should consumers be relieved?

Health Canada has delivered some reassuring news for people worried about glyphosate [Monsanto's Roundup] in their food and the environment ...
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Vibrating wristband gives deaf people a new way to ‘hear’

Housed inside a wristband slightly bigger than a Fitbit, the Buzz has a microphone that picks up sound and a ...
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Arguing for and against consciousness in single-celled organisms

A provocative new book by Arthur Reber argues that bacteria are conscious and that the origins of mind are found ...
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Canola farmers push back against Canada’s attempt to ban neonicotinoids

Health Canada is following in the European Union’s footsteps as it moves to ban the use of neonic pesticides due ...
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Could spider venom replace some synthetic pesticides on the farm?

A major new project will see the use of spiders’ natural toxins to offer a more sustainable approach to crop ...
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With the ‘bee crisis’ fading and European farmers fearing an insect invasion, EU’s neonicotinoid ban fiasco stumbles into the New Year

The future of a controversial agricultural pesticide remains in limbo, thanks to scientific uncertainty and political malfeasance ...
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Viewpoint: If farmers want the public’s trust, they should change how they talk to consumers

The president of Bayer CropScience Canada, Al Driver, had just finished talking about why his company decided to purchase Monsanto ...