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Record number 514491
Title Neonicotinoids and Pollinators, both in Service of Food Supply
Author(s) Blacquiere, T.
Source BBKA News - The British Bee Journal (2014)July. - ISSN 2051-0624 - p. 241 - 242.
Department(s) PRI Bioint Entomology & Disease Management
Publication type Article in professional journal
Publication year 2014
Abstract Since the onset of human agriculture thousands of years ago,
selection for reduced human toxicity and improved human
digestibility of seeds and tubers has led to crops that are more
vulnerable to diseases and pest organisms than their ancestral wild
relatives (Fresco, 2012). For many pests, farmers’ cuisine is
preferred over natures’ cuisine. Wild plants avoid being eaten (by
insects, herbivores and us) while crop plants are made for being
eaten (eaten by us, but also easily by herbivores, insects and fungi).
Therefore, pests need to be controlled if people wish to harvest a
high share of the yield of their crops. In her book Fresco explains
that people in former times had not so much grip upon their
harvest of food, and food was therefore surrounded by many rituals
and incantations. Only in recent centuries has food production
become more reliable, and hunger has almost disappeared in recent
decades.
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