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Study on agrochemicals effects on nature.Agro-chemicals: The silent killer.
|Supporting evidence. There was only one project (out of nine) funded by the £10 million
Pollinator Initiative that was to study the effects of industrial chemicals on the learning
capacity and performance of bees. Dr Chris Connolly, a neuroscientist (human) from Dundee,
would, in addition to studying the brains of bees, in partnership with the Scottish Beekeepers’
Association (SBA), carry out a three year survey of the impact of chemicals on colony
performance. Preliminary results from the first year have just been published in the Journal of
the SBA. He said “In summary, the presence of oil seed rape (OSR) correlated with a 2-fold
increase in over-wintering failure in Scotland 2011-2012. This finding supports the
hypothesis that neonicotinoid-treated OSR may be contributing to the honey bee decline in
the UK.” There was an east/west divide, with a clear increase in bee losses in the East
(intensive agriculture). In fact Dr Connolly, being an honest scientist, excluded results from
one beekeeper whose bees were in the non-OSR group who had no losses from 70 hives. Had
he included it, the increase in over-wintering losses would have been 3-fold.
That seems pretty compelling. Even down to the guy ditching outliers in his data-set. Nice that he had the funding without any interference.
That seems pretty compelling. Even down to the guy ditching outliers in his data-set. Nice that he had the funding without any interference. |
Yes but it was one study out of nine.
All the others are looking at anything but pesticides & industrial agriculture.
So these results will be lost among a lot of insignificant & confusing data from the others.
The ten million is co funded by the government & Syngenta AFAIA.
So no surprise little of the money was spent on pesticide research.
In fact I was surprised any went that way.
Regardless of this countries research, there is already plenty of peer reviewed papers pointing the finger at neonics, & true to form this government wont act.