Strong evidence on neonics demands action despite ongoing debate

I am honored to have contributed a post to the folks over at Ontario Nature! It’s been a busy summer for the debate surrounding the effects of neonic pesticides and pollinators. This post gives a bit of a summary.

Read it here: http://www.ontarionature.org/connect/blog/strong-evidence-on-neonics-demands-action-despite-ongoing-debate/#more-1321

Bumble bee on purple coneflower by Matt Jenkins.

Bumble bee on purple coneflower by Matt Jenkins.

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One Response to Strong evidence on neonics demands action despite ongoing debate

  1. Gary Wilson says:

    Hi Deborah:
    In studying the evidence left by the late soil scientist, William Albrecht, Ph.D, I have come to agree with a statement he often made, “It’s not the overpowering invader we must fear but the weakened condition of the victim.”
    So much attention is paid to what is in food that may harm us while little or no attention is paid to what is not in the food. Low soil fertility results in a weak soil body that is subject to more severe floods and droughts and greater erosion of the soil itself as well as weaker plants, animals and humans. In low soil fertility plants are subject to more damage from insects or disease and the animals or humans that consume these plants are also subjected to greater incidence of disease. Agriculture methods are designed to produce maximum yields. The evidence from Albrecht shows this is not compatible with producing maximum nutrition per acre. To avoid this conflict it is assumed that any particular crop has the same nutritional value regardless of the soil it is grown in. That belief is held in spite of the evidence provided by Albrecht which, of course, must be ignored to maintain the status quo.
    With respect to the bees, one could try an experiment increasing the soil fertility (the protein capability of the soil) where the bees forage and see whether there is any change in the health of the bees, regardless of whether pesticides are used in the area.
    Gary Wilson

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