Banning Neonicotinoid Pesticides Increases Pesticide Use

Some interesting insights out of New Zealand. The vice president of the country’s farming association, Colin Hurst, is quoted as saying if neonicotinoid pesticides are banned, it will result in even more sprayed pesticide use. According to NZFarmer, Hurst states that seeds in New Zealand are usually coated with neonicotinoids which prevented insects from eating…

Glyphosate: A Hidden Villain?

This video gives the background about the man behind Glyphosate, why he is winning some of the highest honors in science despite environmentalist chemophobia about his invention, and why farmers use pesticides.

RoboBees Could Pollinate the Earth

With all of the pseudo-hoopla over bee populations allegedly declining, never let it be said somehow, someone won’t come up with a solution to a problem. In the case of bees, Eijiro Miyako of the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science is developing robotic bees that can help replace bees affected by Colony Collapse…

Toxicologist: Neonic honey contamination study “misleading” and “illogical”

Earlier this month, CBC published a news story citing a recent manuscript published in the journal Science suggesting wide spread pesticide contamination in honey. The story was based on research by scientists out of Switzerland who analyzed various honey samples worldwide. The researchers had reportedly determined that almost 80 percent of honey contains neonicotinoid pesticides.…

Scientists accused of plotting pesticide ban

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! The research used to justify a European ban on neonicontinoid pesticides has not only been called into question but the scientists behind the research have been accused of plotting the effort to do so. According to The Australian quoting a story run by The London Times, a 2010 memorandum was leaked implicating…