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    Kenya suffers worst locust infestation in 70 years as millions of insects swarm farmland – The Guardian - January 30, 2020 by admin

    The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in 70 years has seen hundreds of millions of the insects swarm into the east African nation from Somalia and Ethiopia. Those two countries have not had an infestation like this in a quarter century, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region with devastating hunger.

    Even cows are wondering what is happening, said Ndunda Makanga, who spent hours Friday trying to chase the locusts from his farm. Corn, sorghum, cowpeas, they have eaten everything.

    When rains arrive in March and bring new vegetation across much of the region, the numbers of the fast-breeding locusts could grow 500 times before drier weather in June curbs their spread, the United Nations said.

    We must act immediately, said David Phiri of the UNs Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), as donors huddled in Kenyas capital, Nairobi, a three-hour drive away.

    About $70m is needed to step up aerial pesticide spraying, the only effective way to combat them, the UN said. That wont be easy, especially in Somalia, where parts of the country are in the grip of the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group.

    Even a small swarm of the insects can consume enough food for 35,000 people in a single day, said Jens Laerke of the UN humanitarian office in Geneva.

    Farmers are afraid to let their cattle out for grazing, and their crops of millet, sorghum and maize are vulnerable, but there is little they can do.

    About 70,000 hectares of land in Kenya are already infested.

    This one, ai! This is huge, said Kipkoech Tale, a migratory pest control specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture. Im talking about over 20 swarms that we have sprayed. We still have more. And more are coming.

    A single swarm can contain up to 150 million locusts per sq km of farmland, an area the size of almost 250 football fields, regional authorities said.

    One especially large swarm in northeastern Kenya measured 60km long by 40km wide.

    Kenya needs more spraying equipment to supplement the four planes now flying, Tale said. Ethiopia also has four.

    They also need a steady supply of pesticides, said Francis Kitoo, deputy director of agriculture in south-eastern Kenyas Kitui county.

    The locals are really scared because they can consume everything, Kitoo said. Ive never seen such a big number.

    The locusts eat the fodder for animals, a crucial source of livelihood for families who now worry how they will pay for expenses like school fees, he said.

    They will lay eggs and start another generation, he said.

    A changing climate has contributed to exceptional breeding conditions, said Nairobi-based climate scientist Abubakr Salih Babiker.

    Migrating with the wind, the locusts can cover up to 150km in a single day. They are now heading toward Uganda and fragile South Sudan, where almost half the country faces hunger as it emerges from civil war. Uganda has not had such an outbreak since the 1960s and is already on alert.

    The locusts also are moving steadily toward Ethiopias Rift Valley, the breadbasket for Africas second-most populous country, the U.N. said.

    The situation is very bad but farmers are fighting it in the traditional way, said Buni Orissa, a resident of Ethiopias Sidama region. The locusts love cabbage and beans. This may threaten the shaky food security in the region.

    Even before this outbreak, nearly 20 million people faced high levels of food insecurity across the East African region long challenged by periodic droughts and floods.

    As exasperated farmers look for more help in fighting one of historys most persistent pests, the FAOs Locust Watch offers little consolation.

    Although giant nets, flamethrowers, lasers and huge vacuums have been proposed in the past, these are not in use for locust control, the agency said. People and birds often eat locusts but usually not enough to significantly reduce population levels over large areas.

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    Rentokil Initial (LON:RTO) Rating Reiterated by Peel Hunt – Riverton Roll - January 30, 2020 by admin

    Rentokil Initial (LON:RTO)s stock had its hold rating reiterated by stock analysts at Peel Hunt in a research report issued on Monday, ThisIsMoney.Co.Uk reports.

    A number of other research analysts also recently issued reports on the stock. Jefferies Financial Group reaffirmed a hold rating on shares of Rentokil Initial in a research report on Friday, December 13th. Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a hold rating on shares of Rentokil Initial in a research report on Friday, October 18th. Credit Suisse Group downgraded shares of Rentokil Initial to a neutral rating and cut their price objective for the stock from GBX 460 ($6.05) to GBX 450 ($5.92) in a research report on Tuesday, January 7th. Royal Bank of Canada cut their price objective on shares of Rentokil Initial from GBX 470 ($6.18) to GBX 450 ($5.92) and set a sector performer rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 10th. Finally, HSBC reiterated a buy rating on shares of Rentokil Initial in a research note on Monday, January 13th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the companys stock. Rentokil Initial has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of GBX 446.11 ($5.87).

    Shares of Rentokil Initial stock opened at GBX 476.80 ($6.27) on Monday. The firms 50 day moving average price is GBX 457.59 and its 200-day moving average price is GBX 447.06. The company has a quick ratio of 0.74, a current ratio of 0.83 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 217.72. Rentokil Initial has a 52-week low of GBX 327.90 ($4.31) and a 52-week high of GBX 475.50 ($6.25). The company has a market cap of $8.80 billion and a P/E ratio of -89.96.

    In related news, insider Daragh Fagan sold 100,000 shares of Rentokil Initial stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 457 ($6.01), for a total value of 457,000 ($601,157.59).

    About Rentokil Initial

    Rentokil Initial plc, through its subsidiaries, provides route-based services in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Pacific, and rest of world. It offers a range of pest control services from rodents to flying insects, as well as to other forms of wildlife management for commercial and residential customers.

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    Insect Pest Control Market Bring Opportunities and Challenges with Profiling Key Players Bayer AG, BASF SE, The Terminix International Company LP. -… - January 23, 2020 by admin

    The Global Insect Pest Control Market is growing at an exciting pace driven by changing dynamics and risk ecosystem, a study of which forms the crux of the report. The study on the global Insect Pest Control market takes a closer look at several regional trends and the emerging regulatory landscape to assess its prospects. The critical assessment of the numerous growth factors and breaks in the global Insect Pest Control market offered in the analyses helps in assessing the lucrativeness of its key segments.

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    Rentokil Initial plc.FMC CorporationSyngenta AGArrow Exterminators Inc.Ecolab, Inc.Bayer AGBASF SEThe Terminix International Company LPBell Laboratories Inc.Rollins, Inc.

    Summary of Market: The global Insect Pest Control market is valued at xx million US$ in 2019 is expected to touch xx million US$ by the close of 2026, growing at a CAGR of xx% during 2020-2026.

    The report emphases on Insect Pest Control Market volume and value at Global Level, Regional Level And Company Level. From a global standpoint, this report embodies overall market size by studying historical data and future outlook.

    The report is bifurcated into product type, applications, and regions worldwide. The above areas are further bifurcated into country-level data statistics for the below countries.

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    Global Insect Pest Control Market Segmentation, By Product Type:

    ChemicalPhysical & mechanicalBiologicalOther methods (Environment control services and radiation)

    Global Insect Pest Control Market Segmentation, By Application:Commercial & industrialResidentialLivestock farmsOthers (Post-harvest applications and transportation)

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    To study and estimate the market size of Insect Pest Control , in terms of value.

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    How is the Insect Pest Control market expected to Grow In Terms Of Value during the study period?

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    What are the Key Challenges, Opportunities, and Improvements faced by market players in the global Insect Pest Control market?

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    1 Report Outline

    1.1 Research Opportunity

    1.2 Major Industrialists

    1.3 Market Segment by Type

    1.4 Market Segment by Application

    1.5 Study Objectives

    1.6 Years Considered

    2 Global Evolution Trends

    2.1 Production and Volume Analysis

    2.1.1 Global Insect Pest Control Production Value 2015-1406

    2.1.2 Global Insect Pest Control Production 2015-2026.

    2.1.3 Global Insect Pest Control Capacity 2015-2026.

    2.1.4 Global Insect Pest Control Marketing Pricing and Trends

    2.2 Major Producers Growth Rate (CAGR) 2020-2026.

    2.2.1 Global Insect Pest Control Market Size CAGR of Major Regions

    2.2.2 Global Insect Pest Control Market Share of Major Regions

    2.3 Industry Trends

    2.3.1 Market Top Trends

    2.3.2 Market Operators

    3 Market Share by Industrialists

    3.1 Capacity and Production by Industrialists

    3.1.1 Global,Insect Pest Control Capacity by Industrialists

    3.1.2 Global Insect Pest Control Production by Industrialists

    3.2 Revenue by Industrialists

    3.2.1. Insect Pest Control Revenue by Industrialists (2015-2020)

    3.2.2. Insect Pest Control Revenue Share by Industrialists (2015-2020)

    3.2.3 Global Insect Pest Control Market Concentration Ratio (CR5 and HHI)

    3.3. Insect Pest Control Price by Industrialists

    3.4 Major Industrialists of Insect Pest Control Plants/Factories Distribution and Area Served

    3.5 Date of Major Industrialists Enter into Insect Pest Control Market

    3.6 Major Industrialists Insect Pest Control Product Offered

    3.7 Mergers & Acquisitions, Expansion Plans

    4 Market Dimensions by Type

    4.1 Production and Production Rate for Each Type

    4.2 Global Insect Pest Control Production Market Share by Type

    4.3 Global Insect Pest Control Production Value Market Share by Type

    4.4. Insect Pest Control Ex-factory Price by Type

    5 Market Size by Application

    5.1 Overview

    5.2 Global Insect Pest Control Consumption by Application

    6 Production by Regions

    6.1 Global Insect Pest Control Production (History Data) by Regions 2015-2020.

    6.2 Global Insect Pest Control Production Value (History Data) by Regions

    6.3 North America

    6.3.1 North America Production Growth Rate 2015-2020.

    6.3.2 North America Production Value Growth Rate 2015-2020.

    6.3.3 Major Players in North America

    6.3.4 North America Import & Export

    6.4 Europe

    6.4.1 Europe Production Growth Rate 2015-2020.

    6.4.2 Europe Production Value Growth Rate 2015-2020.

    6.4.3 Major Players in Europe

    6.4.4 Europe Import & Export

    6.5 China

    6.5.1 China Production Growth Rate 2015-2020.

    6.5.2 China Production Value Growth Rate 2015-2020.

    6.5.3 Major Players in China

    6.5.4 China Import & Export

    6.6 Japan

    6.6.1 Japan Production Growth Rate 2015-2020.

    6.6.2 Japan Production Value Growth Rate 2015-2020.

    6.6.3 Major Players in Japan

    6.6.4 Japan Import & Export

    7. Insect Pest Control Consumption by Regions

    7.1 Global Insect Pest Control Consumption (History Data) by Regions

    7.2 North America

    7.2.1 North America Consumption by Type

    7.2.2 North America Consumption by Application

    7.2.3 North America Consumption by Countries

    7.2.4 United States

    7.2.5 Canada

    7.2.6 Mexico

    7.3 Europe

    7.3.1 Europe Consumption by Type

    7.3.2 Europe Consumption by Application

    7.3.3 Europe Consumption by Countries

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    Global Mosquito Control Service Market 2020 : How much will be the total production? – Vital News 24 - January 23, 2020 by admin

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    Global Inspect Pest Control Market Share Growing Rapidly with Recent Trends, Revenue and Forecast to 2026 – Neptune Pine - January 23, 2020 by admin

    Global Inspect Pest Control Market Projected to Witness Robust Development by 2020 2026

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    Invasive bug threatens Wilton hemlocks – Monadnock Ledger Transcript - January 23, 2020 by admin

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    Dave Estey turns over a branch of evergreen needles while walking on the snowmobile trail behind the Wilton Reservoir. Underneath, so small they are only apparent upon a close look, are small, white dots.

    There it is, Estey said.

    The it ishemlock woolly adelgid, an east Asian insect thats become a troublesome invasive species in the United States. It only impacts hemlock trees, but once it has taken hold on a specimen, it can completely kill the tree.

    The aphid-like insect covers itself in a white, waxy substance that gives it its name, and will spend almost all its lifecycle in one place, only moving right after hatching to find a suitable feeding spot, and then attachingto the hemlock tree feeding on the sap at the base of the needles. This eventually kills the needles, and without the needles, the tree itself starves to death.

    Estey, who only lives a short distance from the reservoir, said he first noticed a few trees with the infestation while walking his dog in the area.

    Im always looking at the trees and keeping an eye out for things I know are a problem, he said. Finding it that close means Im going to have it [near my home] soon.

    The woolly adelgid looks like tiny cotton puffs, no larger than one-sixteenth of an inch, clustered along the bottom of hemlock branches.

    Hunter said he hasnt seen the trees around the reservoir that have been impacted, but hes aware the woolly adelgid is in Wilton, having found it on trees in the towns conserved Heald Tract.

    Theyre very significant, because they kill the trees they infest, Wilton Conservation Commission Chair Bart Hunter. There are very few treatments for it, and what treatments there are wouldnt work well on acres and acres of hemlock.

    While there are spray treatments to deal with the pest, Hunter said, treating large amounts of trees is expensive, and usually the solution becomes to cut down the infested tree.

    The pest is not a new phenomenon in New England. The woolly adelgid was first found in the United States in the 1920s, it has mainly been found in New England and the mid-Atlantic states. It was first found in New Hampshire in the year 2000 in Portsmouth. Today, infestations have been recorded in more than half the towns in the state, and in nearly every county.

    Hemlock is a commercial wood, though not as popular as other conifers such as pine and spruce, and its bark is a common landscaping mulch. It also has value as a food source for wildlife who eat the seeds dispersed from its cones, and as habitat, because hemlock stands tend to grow thickly together. They also are associated with erosion control.

    If you lost the hemlock, youd lose a significant and important tree, Hunter said.

    TheN.H. Division of Forests and Lands has been tracking woolly adelgid infestations and has written an action plan for addressing the issue. For more information,

    All possible sightings of suspect infestations in uninfested counties must be reported to the Forest Health Program at 464-3016. Infestations in already infested counties should also be made to the Forest Health Program in order to track the spread. Infested nursery stock should be reported to the Division of Plant Industry at 271-2561.

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    The Pesticide Industry’s Playbook for Poisoning the Earth – The Intercept - January 23, 2020 by admin

    In September 2009, over 3,000 bee enthusiasts from around the world descended on the city of Montpellier in southern France for Apimondia a festive beekeeper conference filled with scientific lectures,hobbyist demonstrations, and commercial beekeepers hawking honey. But that year, a cloud loomed over the event: bee colonies across the globe were collapsing, and billions of bees were dying.

    Bee declines have been observed throughout recorded history, but the sudden, persistent and abnormally high annual hive losses had gotten so bad that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had commissioned two of the worlds most well-known entomologists Dennis vanEngelsdorp, a chief apiary inspector in Pennsylvania, then studying at Penn State University, and Jeffrey Pettis, then working as a government scientist to study the mysterious decline. They posited that there must be an underlying factor weakening bees immune systems.

    We exposed whole colonies to very low levels of neonicotinoids in this case, and then challenged bees from those colonies with Nosema, a pathogen, a gut pathogen, said Pettis, speaking to filmmaker Mark Daniels in his documentary,The Strange Disappearance of the Bees, at Apimondia. And we saw an increase, even if we fed the pesticide at very low levels an increase in Nosema levels in direct response to the low-level feeding of neonicotinoids.

    The dosages of the pesticide were so miniscule, said vanEngelsdorp, that it was below the limit of detection. The only reason they knew the bees had consumed the neonicotinoids, he added, was because we exposed them.

    Bee health depends on a variety of synergistic factors, the scientists were careful to note. But in this study, Pettis said, they were able to isolate one pesticide and one pathogen and we clearly see the interaction.

    The evidence was mounting. Shortly after vanEngelsdorp and Pettis revealed their findings, a number of French researchers produced a nearly identical study, feeding minute amounts of the same pesticide to bees, along with a control group. The study produced results that echoed what the Americans had found.

    Drifting clouds of neonicotinoid dust from planting operations caused a series of massive bee die-offs in northern Italy and the Baden-Wrttemberg region of Germany. Studies have shown neonicotinoids impaired bees ability to navigate and forage for food, weakened bee colonies, and made them prone to infestation by parasitic mites.

    In 2013, the European Union called for a temporary suspension of the most commonly used neonicotinoid-based products on flowering plants, citing the danger posed to bees an effort that resulted in a permanent ban in 2018.

    In the U.S., however, industry dug in, seeking not only to discredit the research but to castpesticide companies as a solution to the problem. Lobbying documents and emails, many of which were obtained through open records requests, show a sophisticated effort over the last decade by the pesticide industry to obstruct any effort to restrict the use of neonicotinoids. Bayer and Syngenta, the largest manufacturers of neonics, and Monsanto, one of the leading producers of seeds pretreated with neonics, cultivated ties with prominent academics, including vanEngelsdorp, and other scientists who had once called for a greater focus on the threat posed by pesticides.

    Syngenta AGs headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, on Feb. 4, 2015.

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    The companies also sought influence with beekeepers and regulators, and went to great lengths to shape public opinion. Pesticide firms launched new coalitions and seeded foundations with cash to focus on nonpesticide factors in pollinator decline.

    Position the industry as an active promoter of bee health, and advance best management practices which emphasize bee safety, noted aninternal planning memo from CropLife America, the lobby group for the largest pesticide companies in America, including Bayer and Syngenta. The ultimate goal of the bee health project, the document noted, was to ensure that member companies maintained market access for neonic products and other systemic pesticides.

    The planning memo, helmed in part by Syngenta regulatory official John Abbott, charts a variety of strategies for advancing the pesticide industrys interests, such as, Challenge EPA on the size and breadth of the pollinator testing program. CropLife America officials were also tapped to proactively shape the conversation in the new media realm with respect to pollinators and minimize negative association of crop protection products with effects on pollinators. The document, dated June 2014, calls for outreach to university researchers who could be independent validators.

    The pesticide companies have used a variety of strategies to shift the public discourse.

    Americas Heartland, a PBS series shown on affiliates throughout the country and underwritten by CropLife America, portrayed the pollinator declines as a mystery. One segment from early 2013 on the crisis made no mention of pesticides, with the host simply declaring that experts arent sure why bees and butterflies were disappearing.

    Another segment,released in January2015, quickly mentions pesticides as one of many possible factors for honeybee deaths. A representative of the North American Bee Care Program, Becky Langer, appeared on the program to discuss the exotic pests that can affect the bees. The program does not mention Langers position as a spokesperson for Bayer focused on managing fallout from the bee controversy.

    Michael Sanford, a spokesperson for PBS KVIE, which produces Americas Heartland, wrote in an email to The Intercept that consistent with strict PBS editorial standards and our own, sponsors of the show provided no editorial input.

    Bayers advocacy, designed to position the firm as a leader in protecting bee health, included a roadshow around the country, in which Bayer officials handed out oversized ceremonial checks to local beekeepers and students. The firm hosts splashy websites touting its leadership in promoting bee health and sponsors a number of beekeeping associations.

    Meanwhile, Bayer has financed a series of online advertisements that depict individuals who fear that its pesticide products harm nontarget insects as deranged conspiracy theorists.

    Honeybees have captured almost all the attention for the dangers of neonics, but they are hardly the only species in decline because of the chemical.

    Other forms of influence have been far more covert.

    Communications staff with CropLife America compiled a list of terms to shape on search engine results, including neonicotinoid, pollinators, and neonics. One of the consulting firms tapped to coordinate the industrys outreach, Paradigm Communications, a subsidiary of the public relations giant Porter Novelli, helped lead the effort to shift how pesticide products were portrayed in search engine results.

    A slide prepared by Paradigm Communications showcases its push to decoupleGoogle search results for bee decline with neonic pesticides.

    The greatest public relations coup has been the push to reframe the debate around bee decline to focus only on the threat of Varroa mites, a parasite native to Asia that began spreading to the U.S. in the 1980s. The mite is known to rapidly infest bee hives and carry a range of infectious diseases.

    CropLife America, among other groups backed by pesticide companies, has financed research and advocacy around the mite an effort designed to muddy the conversation around pesticide use. Meanwhile, research suggests the issues are interrelated; neonics make bees far more susceptible to mite infestations and attendant diseases.

    Bayer even constructed a sculpture of the Varroa mite at its Bee Care Center in North Carolina and at its research center in Germany, hyping its role as the primary force fueling the decline of pollinators.

    A model of honeybee with a Varroa mite on its back at Bayers Bee Care Center in Monheim am Rhein, Germany, on Nov. 19, 2013.

    Photo: Joanna Nottebrock/The New York Times via Redux

    The stunningly successful campaign has kept most neonic products in wide circulation in commercial agriculture as well as in home gardens. The result is a world awash in neonics and massive profits for companies such as Syngenta and Bayer, which now counts Monsanto as a subsidiary.

    Millions of pounds of the chemical are applied to 140 commercial crops every year. In the U.S., nearly all field-planted corn and two-thirds of soybean use neonic-coated seeds. The chemical is found in soil samples from coast to coast, in waterways and in drinking water. Neonics, which are water soluble, have been detected in the American River in California, the River Waveney in England, tap water in Iowa City, and hundreds of other streams and rivers across the world. In Brazil last year, after President Jair Bolsonaros government approved dozens of new pesticides, the use of neonics caused the death of more than 500 million bees across the country.

    In August, a study publishing in peer-reviewed journal PLOS One found that the American landscape has become 48 times more toxic to insects since the 1990s, a shift largely fueled by the rising application of neonics.

    Honeybees have captured almost all the attention for the dangers of neonics, but they are hardly the only species in decline because of the chemical. Studies have tied neonics to the disappearance of native bees, butterflies, mayflies, dragonflies, amphipods, and a range of waterborne insects, as well as earthworms and other insect invertebrates. Several species of bumblebees in the U.S. and Europe are approaching extinction, a die-off researchers say is tied to the use of neonics and other pesticides.

    In September, a study released in the academic journal Science revealed that migrating songbirds suffered immediate weight loss following the consumption of only one or two seeds treated with neonics. Previous research had linked disappearing insect life to dwindling food sources for birds in the Netherlands, but the Science study provided the evidence that bird species were directly affected by the chemical.

    Another groundbreaking study published in NaturesScientific Reportsshowed that neonics are likely causing serious birth defects in white-tailed deer, the first time research has shown that the chemical compound could endanger large mammals.

    Bees are the canary in the cornfield, said Lisa Archer,from Friends of the Earth. The science linking pesticides to the extinction crisis has grown.

    Scientists are only now taking a closer look at the potential impact of neonics on humans and other mammals.

    Bees are the canary in the cornfield, said Lisa Archer, the food and agriculture program director at Friends of the Earth. The science linking pesticides to the extinction crisis has grown.

    Dave Goulson, a professor of biology at the University of Sussex, told The Intercept, I think perhaps we are reaching a tipping point where people finally begin to appreciate the importance of insects, the scale of their decline, and that blitzing the landscape with pesticides is not sustainable or desirable.

    Bayer and Syngenta reject any claim that their neonic products are harming the environment.

    Neonicotinoid products are critically important tools for farmers, and are approved for use in more than 100 countries due to their strong safety profile when used according to label, said Susan Luke, a spokesperson for Bayer Crop Science North America, in a statement to The Intercept. This is why Bayer continues to strongly support their continued safe use, even though the manufacture of neonic products is not a major part of our business.

    Research claims that have been made questioning neonic safety all share common flaws, such as exposure levels that far exceed real-world scenarios, and the flawed idea that exposure to substances in the environment necessarily means harm,adds Luke. It does not, otherwise no one would go swimming in chlorine or drink caffeinated coffee.

    Since neonicotinoids were introduced in the 1990s, honey bee colonies have been increasing in the United States, Europe, Canada and indeed around the world, Chris Tutino, a spokesperson for Syngenta, claimed in a statement to The Intercept. He added that most scientists and bee experts agree that bee health is affected by multiple factors, including parasites, diseases, habitat and nutrition, weather and hive management practices.

    Tutino, in his email, noted that the neonic compound thiamethoxam, used in popular Syngenta products such as Cruiser and Dividend, had undergone extensive tests evaluating effects on pollinators, and provided links to five studies, all of which were produced by Syngenta consultants or employees.

    Neither company responded directly to questions about the role of neonic products in fueling declines of butterflies, dragonflies, and other insect species beyond bee populations. Both companies highlighted company funding for honeybee health research.

    The chemical industrys comments were disputed by Willa Childress, an organizer with Pesticide Action Network North America.While its true, Childress noted, that managed honeybee hive populations are growing, that is because of the commercial value of honeybees in pollinating a vast array of American agriculture. Beekeepers on average now lose around40-50 percent of hives every year, wellup from historical averages of10 percent. Many commercial beekeepers are forced to constantly divide hives and buy queens to maintain hive populations, with many relying on government subsidies to scrape by.So no, honeybees arent doing better than ever, said Childress. And the scientists do agree that multiple interacting factors are driving pollinator decline, including, as chemical companies neglect to mention, pesticide use.Honeybees will not go extinct in our lifetimes, noted Childress. But, she added, data on native bees and wild pollinators is far more apocalyptic than even the most concerning reports on honey bee losses. Unprecedented numbers of wild pollinators are facing extinction and we have very limited data on a number of other pollinators that are at risk.

    Not long ago, action in the U.S. to restrict neonics seemed imminent.

    The pressure began to build in 2010 after Tom Theobald, a beekeeper in Boulder, Colorado, obtained an internal Environmental Protection Agency report showing that the agencys own scientists had sharply criticized the research used to permit the sale of one of the most popular lines of neonic products.

    In 2003, Bayer had secured the temporary right to use clothianidin, a neonic used widely for corn and canola, from the EPA under the condition that the company conduct a chronic life cycle study showing how use of the neonic would affect honeybees by the end of the following year.

    The Bayer-funded study, led by Cynthia Scott-Dupree, an environmental sciences professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, placed hives in clothianidin-treated fields of canola and hives in untreated fields of canola. The tests found little variation between the two sets of hives, but researchers later pointed out that the hives in the study were placed only 968 feet apart from one another. Honeybees forage for pollen up to six miles from their hives.

    Scott-Dupree was later appointed the Bayer CropScience Chair in Sustainable Pest Management at the University of Guelph. Regulators in Canada and at the EPA used the study to clear clothianidin for unconditional use. Internally, however, EPA scientists expressed concerns.

    The memo, written by two EPA scientists, noted that the previous Bayer-funded study failed baseline guidelines for pesticide research and warned that clothianidin posed a major risk concern to nontarget insects (that is, honey bees).

    A dizzying array of research began pointing to problems with neonics. Despite claims that the compound represents a form of precision agriculture, a growing body of research shows that the chemical strays far from targetedcrops, often traveling with the wind during planting operations, remaining in the soil for long periods of time, leaching into waterways, and causing acute problems for a wide variety of insect and animal life.

    In 2014, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, introduced legislation to compel the EPA to take steps to suspend the pesticides. That year, in response to growing controversies around bee decline and the demands for greater accountability over loosely regulated pesticide use, President Barack Obama issued an executive memorandum calling attention to the significant loss of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies.

    Activists picketed the White House demanding action. Beekeepers and environmentalist groups filed lawsuits challenging the registration status of major neonic products, claiming that EPA had violated its own protocols when licensing products from Bayer and Syngenta. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a decision to phase out neonics in wildlife refuge areas in the Pacific region.

    Around the country, legislators in states across the country proposed bills to restrict neonics. In Minnesota, a bill was signed into law to prevent nurseries from marketing plants as pollinator-friendly if they had been treated with neonics.

    For a while, the movement seemed to be gaining traction, which some hoped would lead the U.S. to mirror the EU in moving to regulate the widely used insecticide.

    In the end, little changed. The settlements related to the lawsuits removed small-market neonics. The private-public partnerships that grew out of the Obama memorandum lacked any enforcement mechanism to restrict neonic use in agriculture. President Donald Trump rescinded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule. Minnesota legislators quickly repealed the labeling requirement a year after it was passed.

    Aftera hearing in which he pointed to pesticides, Jeffrey Pettistoldthe Washington Post that hewas criticized him for failing to follow the script.

    In almost every other state, with the exception of Vermont, Connecticut, and Maryland, lobbyists from the pesticideand agribusiness industrysuccessfully killed any significant restriction on neonic products. The scientific community, once focused on studying the impact of pesticides, became splintered, with many of the leading voices going to work for industry or industry-backed nonprofits.

    Critics of neonics were quickly sidelined. In April 2014, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture then chaired by Rep. Austin Scott, a Georgia Republican convened a hearing to discuss the pollinator crisis. The event featured David Fischer, a Bayer official, and Jeff Stone, lobbyist for commercial nurseries. Both men used the hearing to warn against any restrictionson neonics in response to bee decline. The third, Dan Cummings, a representative of the Almond Board, a trade group for almond growers, focused on the threat of the Varroa mite.

    A fourth witness, the Department of Agriculture researcher Jeffrey Pettis thescientist who had collaborated with vanEngelsdorp noted that unlike traditional pesticides, neonics are found in pollen, increasing exposure to bees. Under questioning from Scott, the committee chair, Pettis reiterated that even without mites, bees would still be in decline, and pesticides raise concern to a new level.

    After the hearing, Pettis told the Washington Post that he spoke privately with Scott, who criticized him for failing to follow the script.

    CropLife America, notably, celebrated the hearing performance for its heavy focus on nonpesticide-related factors for bee decline. One thing that we hope was made clear during the hearing was the crop protection industrys commitment to addressing this issue, Jay Vroom, then the president of CropLife America, said in astatement.

    Campaign finance records show that CropLife America, just weeks after the hearing, gave$3,500 to Scott, who then sponsored legislation to solve the bee crisis through exemptions to expedite the approval of pesticides used to control the Varroa mite.

    And two months after the hearing, according to the Post, Pettis was demoted, losing his role managing the USDA bee lab in Beltsville, Maryland. Pettis later left the government and now serves as president of Apimondia.

    Entomologist Jonathan Lundgren, who is researching answers for what might be causing the dwindling honeybee population, on Jan. 9, 2016.Photos: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images

    The Post also details the story of a prominent USDA scientist, Jonathan Lundgren, who researched the dangers posed by neonics to pollinators and spoke publicly about the issue. In 2015, Lundgren suddenly faced suspensions and an internal government investigation over misconduct, a push he believes was motivated by industry for his role in speaking out on pesticides.

    I guess I started asking the wrong questions, pursuing risk assessments of neonicotinoids on a lot of different field crop seeds used throughout the U.S. and how they were affecting non-target species like pollinators, Lundgren told The Intercept.

    The USDA did not respond to The Intercepts request for comment. It told the Post that the suspensions had nothing to do with his research. They were for conduct unbecoming a federal employee and violating travel regulations.

    Lundgren now runs Blue Dasher Farm in South Dakota, a research effort to develop ways to rotate diverse sets of crops as a way to increase yields and suppress pests naturally. There are few institutions, he noted, where researchers can pursue science independent of industry influence. Universities have become dependent on extramural funds, entire programs are bankrolled by these pesticide companies, chemical companies,headded.

    The regulatory system in the U.S. assumes chemical products are generally safe until proven hazardous.

    Generally, we see the U.S. waiting longer than the EU to take action on a variety of pesticides and other chemicals,said Childress,the organizer with Pesticide Action Network North America. Part of the divergence, Childress continued, stems from a regulatory system in the U.S. that assumes chemical products are generally safe until proven hazardous. In contrast, the EU tends to use the precautionary principle, removing products that may cause harm, and requiring proof of safety before allowing them to return to market.

    Another major factor, Childress noted, is the widespread corporate capture of American regulatory institutions. The EPA, for instance, employs 11 former lobbyists including its administrator, Andrew Wheeler, who previously worked for coal interests in opposition to climate regulationsin senior positions.

    The pesticide industry also maintains a long history of underhanded methods to discredit its critics.

    Monsanto deployed aggressive tactics to punish critics of Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world and the companys marquee product over the last several decades. Emails released through ongoing litigation in California last year showed that the firm used its lobbyists to orchestrate a campaignin Congress to criticize and defund scientists with the World Health Organizations cancer research affiliate, after that body had declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is a probable carcinogen. Many of the documents detailing Monsantos role in shaping the public discourse around glyphosate were released during the course of class-action lawsuits filed by cancer victims whoblame the company for their illnesses.

    Syngenta became infamous after its tactics against University of California, Berkeley Professor Tyrone Hayes were reported. Hayess research showed that the companys signature herbicide, atrazine, appeared to disrupt the sexual development of frogs.

    The company dispatched people to follow and record Hayes at public speaking events, commissioned a psychological profile of the professor, and worked with a variety of writers to smear Hayes as non-credible and a liability to academics who considered working with him. The effort to sideline Hayes and his research, which included coordination with industry-friendly academics, was revealed in a series of court documents that were disclosed over litigation involving claims that Syngenta had polluted local water sources with atrazine.

    In the two lawsuits against Syngenta and Monsanto, subpoenaed documents revealed that both Syngenta and Monsanto maintain a list of third party stakeholders, including free market think tanks and scientists the industry could turn to for messaging support.

    Many of the think tanks and individuals included in the roster now play a prominent role in the neonic debate. The American Council on Health and Science, which has relied on corporate funding from Monsanto, Bayer, and Syngenta, has published overa dozen articles disputing the dangers posed by neonics.

    In one email revealed through the Monsanto-Roundup litigation, Daniel Goldstein, a Monsanto official, wrote to colleagues in all-caps to support the councils work: I can assure you I am not all starry eyed about ACSH- they have PLENTY of warts- but: You WILL NOT GET A BETTER VALUE FOR YOUR DOLLAR than ACSH. The bottom of the email included hyperlinks to articles criticizing demands to regulate both glyphosate and neonic pesticides.

    The Heartland Institute, one of the think tanks in Syngentas third-party stakeholder list, which has received Bayer donations in the past, has published articles deriding research critical of neonics as junk science.

    The pesticide industry is using Big Tobaccos PR tactics to try and spin the science about their products links to bee declines and delay action while they keep profiting, said Archer, whose group, Friends of the Earth, has documented the lobbying tactics of pesticide makers.

    When neonics hit the market three decades ago, they were the first new class of insecticide invented in nearly 50 years, and their use skyrocketed.

    As early as the late 17th century, farmers found that they could grind tobacco plants and use nicotine extract to kill beetles on crops. Nicotine acts as an organic insecticide, binding to nerve receptors and causing paralysis and death in aphids, white flies, and other plant-eating insects.

    Attempts to use nicotine for a mass-market pesticide, however, frustrated scientists. In early research, sunlight diluted the effectiveness of nicotine-based products. But that changed just over three decades ago, when Bayer scientists at Nihon Bayer Agrochem, the firms Japanese subsidiary,first synthesized neonicotinoids in the 1980s a compound that not only withstood heat and sunlight, but could be applied to the root or seed of a plant and remain effective for that plants entire lifespan.

    Neonics were hailed as the Goldilocks compound because they are not too hard, not too soft, but just right.

    The new chemical came just in time. Farmers and regulators were seeking alternatives to another class of pesticides organophosphates, nerve agents sprayed on crops that had been found to cause cancer in humans. Initial studies of neonics showed that the compound was acutely toxic to insects but unlikely to cause harm to mammals.

    As one scientist for Bayer described the invention in a 1993 Science magazine article hailing the introduction of the new class of chemicals, neonics were the Goldilocks compound because they are not too hard, not too soft, but just right.

    And because seeds could be pretreated with neonics, which were absorbed and expressed through the tissue, nectar, and pollen, they could be also produced on an industrial scale, providing agriculture crops with an efficient insect-killing capability without the need for expensive spray treatments or constant reapplication.

    In other words, farmers could soak the ground and seeds with enormous amounts of the compound to avoid problems from pests in the future. The delivery mechanism saved money for farmers but set the conditions for chronic overuse of the pesticides.

    Estimated agricultural use of imidacloprid. Information compiled from the U.S. Geological Surveys Pesticide National Synthesis Project.

    Map: USGS National Water-Quality Assessment, The Intercept

    The first commercial neonic, imidacloprid, was registered with the EPA in 1994 and sold as a potato seed treatment. Business boomed as neonic products spread worldwide to Japan, France, Germany, and South Africa. In the U.S., it became a popular standard seed and root treatment for corn, cotton, soybeans, almonds, and a range of fruits and vegetables.

    Neonics were even used for household applications. Bayer produced imidacloprid as a flea treatment on pets throughout the U.S. The Advantage line of flea control took off, with a marketing campaign featuring the Jack Russell terrier Eddie from the television show Frasier and a 30-foot inflatable flea in Times Square.

    Chemical Week called the introduction of neonics a renaissance for the U.S. insecticides industry providing environmentally friendly products. The Columbus Dispatch, in an article for home gardeners about ways to deliver a surgical strike against pests, called for consumers to consider Bayers Merit soil treatment, which the paper called virtually non-toxic.

    The swift adoption of the compound instantly made Bayer, which had previously profited largely from its pharmaceutical line of products, a worldwide player in the agrochemical industry.

    Imidacloprid is our most important product,the head of Bayers pesticide division told investors in 2008.

    In 2003, at a forum hosted by Goldman Sachs, Bayer listed Confidor, Premise, and Gaucho, several seed treatments based on neonic compounds, among its top-performing products in a presentation outlining the companys performance metrics. Another investor presentation, given by Bayer executives in Lyon, France, projected rapid growth from the neonic products, estimating that the firm, which had sales of close to 400 million euros from the portfolio in 1998, would more than double to 850 million euros by 2010.

    Imidacloprid is our most important product, Friedrich Berschauer, then-head of Bayers pesticide division, told investors during a conference call in 2008, according to a transcript of his remarks. Company disclosures underscore Berschauers remarks: During that fiscal year, the company reported 932 million euros in sales for its top two neonic compounds.

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    Vancouver ranked third most popular city for bedbugs in Canada in 2019 – Vancouver Sun - January 10, 2020 by admin

    An annual ranking of Canadian cities for bedbugs shows Vancouver has itched its way into third place.

    On the 2019 list released by Orkin Canada, Vancouver is bested only by Toronto in first place and Winnipeg in second. St. Johns follows in fourth and Ottawa in fifth.

    The only other B.C. city to make it to the top 25 is Burnaby, coming in at 19.

    As in previous years rankings, larger cities and travel hot spots populated the top of the list, with bedbugs reported in both clean and dirty homes, and office buildings. According to the pest control experts, bedbugs were a rarely experienced irritant just 20 years ago, but have become a common problem in urban centres.

    Signs of a bedbug infestation include tiny, dark coloured spots or stains or cast skins. The critters are often spotted in and around mattress tags or in seams, under seat cushions, behind headboards, creases of furniture, buckling wallpaper and carpets.

    The ranking is based on the number of commercial and residential bedbug treatments carried out by the company between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019.

    1. Toronto2. Winnipeg3. Vancouver4. St. Johns5. Ottawa6. Scarborough7. Halifax8. Oshawa9. Sudbury10. Hamilton11. Windsor12. Edmonton13. Montreal14. North York15. Moncton16. Calgary17. Mississauga18. Etobicoke19. Burnaby20. Whitby21. London22. Saskatoon23. Peterborough24. Nepean25. Dartmouth

    When travelling, dont put clothing or luggage on the bed, which allows the bugs, if present, to climb in.

    Use metal luggage racks to keep suitcases off the carpet and away from walls or wooden furniture. (The bugs cant climb metal surfaces very well.)

    Use plastic bags to pack clothing. This prevents the spread of bedbugs if they do happen to hitch a ride in your suitcase.

    Its rare but bedbugs can thrive not just in hotels, but also on airplane and train seats, buses and rental cars.

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    Ecdysone Market 2019-2024 Global Industry Analysis, Future Growth, Business Prospects and Forecast – BulletintheNews - January 10, 2020 by admin

    Global Ecdysone Market Research Report 2019-2024 published by Market Research Place interrogate the rudimentary factors of the market such as market overview, product classification, market demands, leading manufacturers and their adopted business strategies, and applications. The research report serves details on industry business trends and the enterprise data in order to understand customers and the merchandise driving profitability and furnish growth. The report aims to help market players to plan and implement their strategies in fields such as emerging geographies and new technologies.

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    Outdoors Party reckons it can ride an anti-1080 wave to parliament in 2020 – The Spinoff - January 10, 2020 by admin

    A fringe political party is hoping for better returns in 2020 after adding a high profile independent lawyer as co-leader. Alex Braae reports.

    A courtroom champion of stopping 1080 drops and promoting medicinal cannabis rights is turning her attention to parliament.

    Independent lawyer Sue Grey gained national profile through cases like the Brook Valley 1080 drop, acting on behalf of the Renton family in their bid to access medicinal cannabis for their son Alex, and the Saxmere case against the Wool Board. In that time she has been no stranger to controversy.

    Now Grey has been elected as the co-leader of The Outdoors Party, a group formed in 2015 with positions on issues around hunting, fishing and land use matters. She brings with her additional profile to a party which was only able to field four candidates in the 2017 election, gathering up a mere 1,620 party votes.

    Alternative views on major environmental issues will be at the forefront of The Outdoors Partys push to win seats in the 2020 election. That includes opposition to the pest control poison 1080, which has been a major flashpoint for wider concerns and conspiracies around ecological health and government decision making.

    Many conservationists, including those at the Department of Conservation, heavily back the use of 1080, saying that it is the safest and most effective way to protect native bird populations from being wiped out by pests. At times, the tactics of anti-1080 activists have turned nasty, including threats being made against DOC staff.

    Grey characterises her partys views on 1080 as balanced, saying theyre based on science, environmental management, and animal cruelty concerns.

    Weve actually been walking the walk on these issues, and we really have an in-depth understanding, from the perspective of hunters and fishers who have been in the outdoors for decades.

    I wouldnt say skeptical, Id say were looking for better solutions.

    A 1080 protest outside Parliament (Radio NZ, Phil Smith)

    Its a more moderate position (but on the same continuum of views) to that of the previously registered Ban 1080 Party, which contested the 2014 and 2017 elections and received several thousand votes in each. Grey confirmed that since that party deregistered, many former members had moved to join The Outdoors Party instead. She also said there had been a really diverse range of people joining from other established parties.

    Grey did not disclose exact membership numbers, as is standard for most political parties. However, she said The Outdoors Party has comfortably the required 500 members needed to stand for the party vote, adding that our membership has doubled over the last six months or so, and its all been growing since the start of the party.

    The Outdoors Party is currently working on its strategy for the 2020 election, but Grey confirmed that it will involve targeted campaigns at electorate seats. She will be standing in Nelson, where she is based, and says shes confident of giving incumbent National MP Nick Smith a run for his money.

    Hes done a good job for Nelson over the last 20 years, or however long hes been there, but the time has definitely come for a change. If we can win one electorate, were on the same footing as ACT, and weve got other very good contenders around New Zealand.

    Grey has previously tussled with Smith in court, in the defence of Rose Renton, who was found guilty of offensive behaviour after rubbing rat poison on Nick Smith at a protest.

    There are plenty of fertile issues for The Outdoors Party to campaign on in 2020, including tapping into anger among gun owners at the buyback programme. They will be competing for space there with many other parties, including ACT, New Conservative, and National.

    Party co-leader Alan Simmons went as far as to accuse the government of tyranny in how the new laws were being implemented. He also alleged that a parliamentary Select Committee had suppressed his testimony to them on the matter.

    The party has also pushed a range of other issues, ranging from a call for fisheries management to be rebalanced so that it is less focused on commercial operations, to concerns around cellphone towers and the 5G network, another position which sits uneasily with a claim to scientific credibility.

    Grey says people power is the underlying idea that connects the issues relevant to The Outdoors Party, arguing that too many decisions are taken in Wellington without regard for local views.

    Weve had a whole cycle of nationalisation of decision making, which has disempowered our communities. I see the brunt of that with my legal work, and people are extremely frustrated.

    Whether Grey gets the chance to take that message to Wellington as an MP will depend on extremely difficult hurdles being overcome. The Outdoors Party are yet to register in nationwide polling, and it is incredibly rare for minor parties to win electorate seats.

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