Category Archives: Science, Technology and the Philosophy of Science

Major new study reports huge loss of flying insects

This study measuring the decline in flying insects, took place over 27 years in 63 nature protection areas in Germany.  The researchers estimate that there has been “a seasonal decline … Read on

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Nature Plants on use of pesticides and arable productivity and profitability

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

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Bird flu – who’s to blame?

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

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Olivier De Schutter on why we need to shift to agroecology

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

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Neonics – the evidence mounts

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

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New study from Univ of Bern re neonics and male honeybee reproduction

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

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Soil: How Much Water Can it Absorb?

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

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GM safe? There’s no consensus according to new research from Tufts University

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

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Research published in Nature finds links between neonics and honey bee colony loss

– 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

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NEW report from the US Environmental Protection Agency says neonics no good!

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

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