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Posted On: Friday, 1/03/2014 9:28 am
A: Glyphosate herbicide enables farmers to use no-till practices, which have been shown to benefit soil health and minimize greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils. Much of the benefit to soil health is mediated by microbial communities. Many studies have investigated the effect of glyphosate and Roundup Ready (RR) crops on these microbial communities, including rhizobia and fungi. First, I’ll address the findings on rhizobia, which are important members of the microbial soil... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 4:41 pm
A: Messing with nature is a very bad idea. Intervening in an intelligent, tested and proven way as we do with vaccines, medicines, controlled burns, creating natural parks, domesticating animals and creating new species of fruits and vegetables is what is required. Critics of GMO sometimes say we should not “play God”. But it is not the God part of the objection that worries me. We are not close to being smart enough or creative enough or even peaceful enough to engage that role. What we cannot... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 10:27 am
A: Contrary to some reports you may have read, honey bee colonies are not being eliminated but are actually increasing in North America and across the globe. Much of this increase has occurred during the same time that neonicotinoids were introduced to agriculture. Large, multifactorial studies conducted in the United States, Canada, Belgium, France and Germany all report that poor bee health correlates well with the presence of the invasive parasite Varroa mite and bee diseases, but not with... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 6/28/2014 11:30 pm
A: The article referenced effectively highlights different potential routes of exposure of bees to neonicotinoids. Canola is an excellent source of pollen and nectar for bees and represents a potentially high neonicotinoid exposure route for bees foraging on canola grown from treated seeds. Bees foraging in such areas, however, are not showing elevated losses and thus confirm that dietary exposure to neonicotinoids is not responsible for bee loss. The potential for bees exposed to dust containing... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Thursday, 6/26/2014 10:21 pm
A: The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Pesticide Registration Process is designed to assess that pesticides used according to label directions do not pose any unreasonable adverse effects to either native or managed bees. Recent guidelines from EPA, Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) define this process under which neonicotinoids continue to be assessed. In 2007, the National Academy of Science issued an extensive... Continue Reading