States Must Adopt EU Pesticide Regulations to Stop Insect Extinction

The world is in the midst of an insect extinction crisis.  We've all heard about the plight of bees, but the plight of all insect fauna is much less widely appreciated.  The figure below is from a report in Science  a few years ago showing the precipitous decline in insects worldwide.[1] What beekeepers and naturalists [...]

Metamodern Meditation

I only recently ran into metamodernism, the new kid on the block ready to sweep postmodernism into the dust bin of intellectual movements.  This isn't my usual bailiwick, so it took me by surprise that I was pulled into this obscure corner of cultural criticism.   What's brought me here is the paucity of reasonable discussion these [...]

EPA’s Proposed Imidacloprid Exposure Limitations are Not Strong Enough

Our comment letter to EPA follows below.   OPP Docket Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T) 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Washington, DC 20460-0001   Re: Pollinator Ecological Risk Assessments: Imidacloprid Registration Review EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0844   To whom it may concern, We would like to offer some comments on the regulatory endpoints that are proposed in [...]

Neonics and Bees — Political Inaction Persists Despite Mounting Evidence

Over the course of the last year, the issue of bees and the neonicotinoid pesticides has finally begun to appear in the popular press in this country.  A campaign by Friends of the Earth in the UK resulted in major garden center chains removing the neonics from their shelves in February of last year.  Early [...]

Banning Bee-Killing Pesticides

Last week three major home store chains in the UK took insecticides with troublesome neonicotinoid systemics off their shelves.  The chains, Wicks, B&Q, and HomeBase no longer have insecticides containing clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, the three neonicotinoids deemed most toxic and problematic to honeybees in a recent announcement from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).  The EFSA recommends, among other things, [...]

Fiscal Conniptions

With the impending "fiscal cliff" upon us, there seems to be fresh worry and general gnashing of teeth over the economy again.  At times like this, I think it is especially good to step back and look at the bigger picture. Keep in mind that artificial deadlines are just that, and long-term trends don't change overnight.  The [...]