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Neonicotinoids linked to decline in population of some birds – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on July 10th, 2014.

SMC UK: Research from the Netherlands published today in the journal Nature found that populations of farmland birds fell most sharply in areas where pollution from neonicotinoids was highest. Neonicotinoids are used to kill insects that can damage crops. Among the birds most affected are starlings, tree sparrows and swallows. Our colleagues at the UK […]

DDT exposure and Alzheimers – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on January 30th, 2014.

UK SMC: An increased risk for Alzheimer disease appears to be associated with elevated blood levels of a byproduct of the pesticide DDT, which was banned in New Zealand in 1989 but is still used for agriculture in other countries. An accompanying editorial and a UK SMC round up and both warn this research should be […]

Gene-modified crops allow beneficial insects to thrive

John Kerr posted in on June 14th, 2012.

Cotton crops genetically modified to kill pests may also allow other insect populations to increase as they do not require broad-spectrum insecticides. A new study from China, published in Nature, has found that genetically modified cotton crops that produce  insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) not only prevent crop damage from pests such […]

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