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Category Archives: Science, Technology and the Philosophy of Science
Martin Lechenet, Fabrice Dessaint, Guillaume Py, David Makowski and Nicolas Munier-Jolain from the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and Agrosolutions in France recently published a research letter in Nature Plants (March 1 2017, … Read on
According to Rob Wallace, advisor to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy contrary to government departments and big industry it’s not wildfowl that are to blame but the “economic … Read on
This piece in today’s Guardian by Olivier De Schutter and Emile Frison, spells out the dangers of the so-called “technological advances” in industrial agriculture. That they “simply give industrial agriculture … Read on
Another study on the adverse effects of neonicotinoids on pollinators. This one, published in Nature Communications 7 Article number 1245, looks at 62 wild bee species with oilseed rape cropping … Read on
Just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, this study from the University of Bern shows that “neonicotinoid insecticides can serve as inadvertent insect contraceptives” Abstract There is … Read on
Following on from Colin’s piece: In addition to its value in reducing CO2 levels by converting soil to organic matter, and using a “conservative estimate”, the top 12 inches of … Read on
Sheldon Krimsky looks at the last seven years of peer-reviewed evidence, and finds 26 studies that “reported adverse effects or uncertainties of GMOs fed to animals.” His study is published … Read on
– but there are economic benefits for farmers using neonics. . . Evidence for pollinator cost and farming benefits of neonicotinoid seed coatings on oilseed rape G. E. Budge D. Garthwaite … Read on
Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production This from the EPA website (October 15 2014): ” EPA analyzed the use of the neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in … Read on
Press release from the University of Zurich (October 16 2014). The research is published in Nature 10.1038/nature13869 Diverse plant communities are more successful and enable higher crop yields than pure … Read on