We depend on bees for 1/3 of our food? Pesticides threaten bees? Farmer challenges pollinator myths | Genetic Literacy Project

…. ithout pollination efforts, the world would still have plenty of food …. The vegetables we eat don’t require pollination (except tomatoes, which
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Are we facing an ‘Insect Apocalypse’ caused by ‘intensive, industrial’ farming and agricultural chemicals? The media say yes; Science says ‘no’ | Genetic Literacy Project

he media call it the “Insect Apocalypse”. In the past three years, the phrase has become an accepted truth of the journalism literati, and usually
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Bayer, UK farmers appeal EU neonicotinoid insecticide ban, citing lack of scientific evidence | Genetic Literacy Project

Lawyers acting on behalf of the are in court battling to overturn a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been linked to harming bees. The appeal
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2020/06/05/bayer-uk-farmers-appeal-eu-neonicotinoid-insecticide-ban-citing-lack-of-scientific-evidence/

Neonicotinoid insecticide ban, poor weather cut EU canola harvest area to 13-year low, USDA finds | Genetic Literacy Project

Rapeseed production in the European Union (EU27 + UK) for 2020/21 is forecast at 17.0 million metric tons (mmt), 0.2 mmt above last year, but 16 percent
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2020/05/27/neonicotinoid-insecticide-ban-poor-weather-cut-eu-canola-harvest-area-to-13-year-low-usda-finds/

Bees pollinate 1/3 of our food? Entomologist debunks 6 pervasive pollinator myths | Genetic Literacy Project

…. ees are ever-increasing in popularity across many sectors including conservation, gardening, fashion, marketing, and public/corporate strategies ….
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2020/05/21/viewpoint-bees-pollinate-1-3-of-our-food-6-pervasive-pollinator-myths-debunked/

Viewpoint: Bees and pesticides—Europe’s precautionary rules neglect science, hinder sustainable farming | Genetic Literacy Project

A core element of EU environmental law is the precautionary principle (PP), which theoretically requires regulators to err on the side of caution when
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2020/04/03/viewpoint-bees-and-pesticides-europes-precautionary-rules-neglect-science-hinder-sustainable-farming/

EPA approves continued use of controversial neonicotinoid insecticides, with added restrictions to protect bees | Genetic Literacy Project

The EPA announced it supports the continued use and registration of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides linked to declines in bees, aquatic insects
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The Varroa destructor mite is the greatest threat to US honeybees, and why things could get worse. | Genetic Literacy Project

Researchers are looking at a long-term solution: develop bees that can fend off Varroa themselves.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2020/01/22/the-varroa-destructor-mite-is-the-greatest-threat-to-us-honeybees-and-why-things-could-get-worse/

Viewpoint: ‘Bee-pocalypse’—one of the 2010s biggest overblown moral panics | Genetic Literacy Project

Human beings are anxious creatures. We worry about things that might kill us. We worry about things that might kill our children. … Before the 2020s
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What’s missing from claims that neonicotinoids are killing bees, birds and fish? | Genetic Literacy Project

Criticism of pesticides is often undeserved — and sometimes absolutely bizarre.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2019/12/17/whats-missing-from-claims-that-neonicotinoids-are-killing-bees-birds-and-fish/