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Q: Does exposing bees to glyphosate alter the bee gut microbiota and increase susceptibility to infection by opportunistic pathogens?A study by Erick V. S. Motta, Kasie Raymann, and Nancy A. Moran demonstrated that the relative and absolute abundances of dom

Answered By Steven L. Levine, Ph.D. - Oct 30, 2018

A: Motta et al. (2018) is a complicated study, that tests a hypothesis that inhibition of EPSPS in the gut microbiome can result in increased susceptibility to opportunistic pathogens, but some of the experimental conditions make interpretation equivocal. Results from laboratory studies that assess toxicity to individual honey bees are not automatically indicative of effects to honey bee colonies. The reason for this is that honeybees often respond differently when they are exposed as part of a colony. To address this difference, EPA’s scheme for testing effects to honey bee’s progresses from hig [...]


Pesticide residues in cereal – what it actually means for your next breakfast

By Community Manager - Oct 29, 2018

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), publishers of the repeatedly debunked dirty dozen list and promoters of the myth that vaccines cause autism, have released data assuring that many popular oat-based breakfast items including Cheerios and Quaker Oats squares tested for glyphosate at “levels well in excess of EWG’s health benchmark.” Does this report mean you need to switch to "non-gmo" cereal? Let’s explore some facts about glyphosate and the food you eat. Wheat (and therefore oats) is not commercially available as a GMO crop anywhere in the world, but s [...]


ARTICLE: National Academy consensus reports found to influence public opinion, increase civic discourse

By Community Manager - Oct 23, 2018

The following is an excerpt of an article on The Badger Herald website detailing  a consensus reports on polarizing scientific issues do have the ability to influence public opinion and discourse. Consensus reports on polarizing scientific issues do have the ability to influence public opinion and discourse, according to research released last month by University of Wisconsin professor Dominique Brossard.   The report looked at traditional and social media discourse before and after the 2016 release of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and [...]

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