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Not just bad for bees: Neonic pesticides could damage babies’ brains

Originally posted on Grist:
The fruit and vegetables that Americans bring home and cook up for their families are often laced with pest-killing chemicals known as acetamiprid and imidacloprid, members of the neonicotinoid class. That sounds gross. Even grosser than these…

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DON’T PANIC — The Facts About Population

Hans Rosling is a great communicator. Here’s his documentary about human population. Our world reached ‘peak child’ around 2000 because people are using more birth control. Now children aren’t dying so much as they used to. Therefore the world’s population … Continue reading

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Six things that will change with the loosening of China’s one-child policy

argylesock says… China’s one-child policy was supposed to be only for a short time in the 1970s but it has lasted until now. In this article, Quartz considers what might happen as the policy is relaxed. You can read commentary … Continue reading

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History of Pearl millet

Originally posted on bbzfrankie:
Pearl millet is the most widely grown type of millet. It has been grown in Africa and the Indian subcontinent since prehistoric times. The center of diversity, and suggested area of domestication, for the crop is…

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Has the red kite become a pest?

Here in Britain the red kite (Milvus milvus) was hunted almost to extinction. In the 16th century it was classed as vermin, supposedly a threat to agriculture. A few centuries later, along came gamekeepers whose job was (and still is) … Continue reading

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Owen Paterson accused of swallowing industry hype over Golden Rice

Here in Britain, our Environment Secretary is Owen Paterson. He’s in favour of genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered, GE) crops as he’s made clear on several occasions. You could look under my ‘genetic modification’ tag. He’s said that GM crops … Continue reading

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Poverty impairs mental functioning

Here’s some new evidence about how poverty impairs mental functioning and promotes risky decison-making. You can scroll down that article to see how sugarcane farmers were less able to think clearly when poor. The article also mentions brain damage that … Continue reading

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