Wednesday, March 19, 2014
$3 million probably isn't enough
At least the topic is popping up in the media, but for something that could have devastating impacts on world food supplies three million dollars is a paltry amount. This article describes the problem briefly but funding seems to be focussed on improving farmers' fields which in turn provide nutrients for some bees. It is widely accepted that neocortinoid, present in many Nort American farm pesticides but banned in Europe, is the main cause of colony collapse disorder. But like climate change science, there is disagreement which translates into inertia.
Here's another recent article which discusses the topic further. For in-depth scientific research, the researchers here conclude that using pesticides with neocortinoid ingredients should be limited until further research is done but the article seems to draw no definitely conclusion and calls for more research.