Peusticides

“Arguments over whether widespread harm to bees had been proven or not missed the point of the EU regulations: ‘The principle of the regulation is that safe use must be demonstrated, not the other way around.’ With Efsa finding high risks to bees, … ‘There is no other choice for the commission than to act.'” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/22/tories-aim-block-full-eu-ban-bee-harming-pesticides

‘Precautionary’ means something wildly different from ‘conservative’.

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Peak pesticide

“By comparing similar farms using high or low levels of pesticides, the scientists found that 94% of farms would lose no production if they cut pesticides and two-fifths of these would actually produce more. …
A recent consultancy report commissioned by the ECPA [European Crop Protection Association] indicated that French farmers would lose €2bn of grape production without access to certain pesticides.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/06/farms-could-slash-pesticide-use-without-losses-research-reveals

The agrochemical industry insists it’s all or nothing with their pesticides; they won’t have farmers cherry-picking.

See wee seaweed seed

“This development will create opportunities to grow Scotland’s seaweed industry by providing clarity over where seaweed may be grown, along with what kinds of developments will be approved. …
‘“We are starting to see the growth in seaweed as a commercial product, used in a huge range of items including food, cosmetics and fertilisers.
‘We know the west coast of Scotland is the perfect environment for seaweed cultivation.'” https://news.gov.scot/news/building-a-commercial-seaweed-industry

The Scottish government is committed to development development, growth growth and a culture culture.

Golden Reyes

“That experience includes the endless promises and the repeated failures of the one ‘healthier’ GM crop that has been in development for nearly 20 years, Golden Rice, with enhanced Vitamin A levels. This was promised as an immediate cause for blindness in the late 1990s, but is still not working.” (https://www.soilassociation.org/news/2016/may/new-study-highlights-the-failure-of-an-ageing-gm-technology/)

It’s hard to see why.

Boondaggle

“15 countries have now told Brussels they will send territorial exclusion requests to the big agricultural multinationals including Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and Pioneer. … Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wallonia will also be opting out on a regional basis. Wales has more recently opted out, making England the only country in the British Isles to allow GM crop cultivation.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/01/half-of-europe-opts-out-of-new-gm-crop-scheme)

Wretched countries must now seek permission from munificent agrochemical companies?

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Lactaste

“Some of [McGuire’s] recent research refutes claims that glyphosate, an herbicide often used on GM crops, accumulates in breast milk; it relies on an assay developed with assistance from Monsanto. Still, McGuire says, ‘I’m a milk-lactation researcher.'” (http://www.nature.com/news/gm-crop-opponents-expand-probe-into-ties-between-scientists-and-industry-1.18146)

Monsanto-funded development of glyphosate milk products has yet to find any market as few consumers rate weedkiller yoghurt drinks as dietary supplements.

Buffertlies

“Research published by Environmental Sciences Europe last year that showed pollen from GM maize could travel up to three km, one hundred times further than the 30 meters established by the EFSA [European Food Safety Authority] in 2011.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/02/us-eu-gmo-efsa-idUKKCN0PC22W20150702)

Since butterflies can travel further than 3km and therefore easily avoid the GM pollen, the 30m buffer zone is purely for one-legged beetles.