Ban Neonics – Hurt Farmers and Bees

By Paul Driessen – Re-Blogged From WUWT

Organic pesticides, and other organic chemicals, are more dangerous to bees … and people

The honeybees, bumblebees and other little pollinators swarming over my flowers remind me what important roles they play – and how some misguided folks could inadvertently hurt them.

Montgomery County, Maryland now prohibits “weed-and-feed” lawn fertilizer and most “synthetic pesticides.” But it allows homeowners, farmers and orchardists to use “organic” products that are often more dangerous to bees, other wildlife and even humans. New York is considering a five-year statewide ban on neonicotinoid insecticides; this action too would likely result in the use of chemicals that may actually be much more toxic to the birds and bees it seeks to protect.

Beekeeper working collect honey. 123rf.com

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Bugs Hate Light at Night More Than “Climate Change”

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Light pollution a reason for insect decline

Artificial lighting at night could be a reason for declining insect populations

Climate change, pesticides and land use changes alone cannot fully explain the decline in insect populations in Germany. Scientists from the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) have now discovered that regions that have experienced a sharp decline in flying insects also have high levels of light pollution. Many studies already suggest that artificial light at night has negative impacts on insects, and scientists should pay greater attention to this factor when exploring the causes of insect population declines in the future.

Counting insects is part of the job. CREDIT Gabriel Singer/IGB

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Tastebugs: Helping Children Accept the Consumption of Climate Friendly Insects

[Ugh !!! -Bob]

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Tastebugs is a UK initiative to habituate children to the idea of preparing climate friendly insect protein for human consumption.

3D Printed Tastebugs Challenge Children to Eat Insects

by Hanna Watkin

Tastebugs is a 3D printed modular kitchen utensil to teach children about the benefits of eating insects. We may squirm now, but it’s likely that bugs will make it to our plates very soon.

Insect variety plate – Image from kittymowmow.com – click

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