Revealed: the chemical blitz bees face in fields

Dave Goulson at The Conversation tells us about insecticides on British crops. Last year on oilseed rape (rapeseed, canola, Brassica napus) Prof Goulson found the neonicotinoid called thiamethoxam (which, by now, is temporarily banned), the pyrethroids called beta-cyfluthrin and alpha-cypermethrin, and the fungicide called prothioconazole (which doesn’t harm bees directly, but it amplifies the action of neonics and pyrethroids). As Prof Goulson says, for bees this is a chemical blitz.

Integrated Pest Managements (IPM) is being suggested as a good option for Asian rice farmers but here in Europe, not everybody’s heard of IPM.

Prof Goulson says, ‘It’s hard to escape the conclusion that current farming practices are not designed to benefit farmers, who pay through the nose for expensive pesticides, or consumers, who are offered expensive, pesticide-drenched food, or the environment, which is continually contaminated with a cocktail of chemicals. It is hard to see how they are arranged for any benefit other than maximising agrochemical company profits.’

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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One Response to Revealed: the chemical blitz bees face in fields

  1. Pingback: Stop Bayer’s killing of bees and their censorship | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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