Self Extinction Saturday


As spring approaches, US farmers are gearing up to plant about 180 million acres in corn and soybeans—a combined land mass nearly twice the size of California, mostly in the Midwest. The great majority of the seeds they sow will be coated with neonicotinoid pesticides: synthetic chemicals thought to be harmless to humans but that attack bugs’ central nervous systems—and, as new research shows, hinder birds’ navigation abilities.

The European Union has maintained a moratorium on several neonics since 2013.
Neonics, as they’re known, are the globe’s most widely used class of insecticide, representing a multi-billion-dollar market for their primary makers, the agrichemical giants Bayer and Syngenta. Meanwhile, a growing body of research suggests they harm pollinators like bees, birds, and water-borne insects (a major food source for birds and fish). The European Union has maintained a moratorium on several neonic uses since 2013.

Here’s a collection of the latest research on the ecological effects of these widely used farm chemicals:


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9 Responses to Self Extinction Saturday

  1. Den says:

    We are all going to die horrible miserable deaths if we do not help the bees.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Sunny and 27 °F.


  3. Den says:

    Run like Hell!!


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Counterclockwise around to the Tokyo Seoul in 44 minutes. Two flocks of pigeons up circling about.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Thence the shortcut up to Sloan Hall for a bit, haven’t been for ages, then up some more to Bryan Hall for the Contemporary Art Guest Composer concert. My, she writes interesting music well! Concert over, all too soon, paid respects to her and the three faculty solo performers, then home actually all along the B Street sidewalk again. Daily total is 76 minutes.

      Day 7: 328+76=409 minutes of a snowy week.


  5. Den says:

    The end is near:


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