Europe must act on intensive farming to save wildlife, scientists say
EU’s agriculture policy needs urgent reform, organisations tell incoming commission president.
The EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) should be overhauled urgently to stop the intensification of farming practices that is leading to a steep decline in wildlife, scientists from across the bloc have urged.
UK citizens and the natural environment are being exposed to potentially harmful mixtures of pesticides. These mixtures appear in our food, water and soil and can affect the health of both humans and wildlife. There is a growing body of evidence that pesticides can become more harmful when combined, a phenomenon known as the ‘cocktail effect’.
Botanical Origin of Pesticide Residues in Pollen Loads Collected by Honeybees During and After Apple Bloom
Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy, 2 Laboratorio Biologico, Agenzia
Provinciale per l’Ambiente e la Tutela del Clima, Bolzano, Italy, 3 Laboratorio Analisi Alimenti, Agenzia Provinciale per l’Ambiente e la Tutela del Clima, Bolzano, Italy
A global synthesis reveals biodiversity-mediated benefits for crop production
When birds migrate, timing is everything. Fly too late, and they miss the peak season for finding good food, a good mate, or a good nest site. But that’s just what may happen to migrants unlucky enough to eat pesticide-laced seeds, new research shows. Toxicologists studying white-crowned sparrows have shown that these large, grayish birds become anorexic after eating neonicotinoid pesticides, causing them to lose weight and delay their southward journeys. The study might apply to other birds as well—and help explain the dramatic songbird decline of recent decades, researchers say.
Pesticide contamination and associated risk factors at public playgrounds near intensively managed apple and wine orchards.
Chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion are a group of pesticides that are a big money-maker for Dow Chemical, with the company selling approximately 5 million pounds of chlorpyrifos in the U.S. each year, according to the Associated Press.