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…

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…

Environmentalists and the art of scientific advocacy

A hard-hitting post by Hank Campbell at Science 2.0 on PR and politicized science. A factual account of how science has become politicized and environmentalist groups are able to end runs around corporations when it comes to advancing a political agenda. In his commentary, Campbell describes that oft-times environmentalists will turn to like-minded scientists to…