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Offline four  
#401 Posted : 14 September 2019 07:52:46(UTC)
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But surely poor breeding performance can related to poor summers. When it's cold and wet no insect likes that.

Then suddenly we get a good summer and the supposed loss of habitat and pesticide issue suddenly don't have any effect?

In reality pesticide use is now far more intelligently targetted and in any case not really much of an issue outside of areas which are mainly arable.

The constant carping about farm practices causing imaginary problems - usually followed by badly thought out knee-jerk legislation really grates.

It is now becoming nearly impossible to grow oilseed rape as yet another range of products has been withdrawn on scanty evidence.

The foodstuffs are still needed though, we can always import from another part of the world which hasn't banned crop protection products.

Offline AIMSIR  
#402 Posted : 14 September 2019 22:01:00(UTC)
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I suppose alarmism could be a factor on this issue Four.
It is obvious that we have problems in certain areas, but the willingness of some to make it a global crisis issue is plainly unscientific and more agenda driven. imo

Edited by user 14 September 2019 22:09:35(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#403 Posted : 15 September 2019 06:38:12(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: AIMSIR Go to Quoted Post

I suppose alarmism could be a factor on this issue Four.
It is obvious that we have problems in certain areas, but the willingness of some to make it a global crisis issue is plainly unscientific and more agenda driven. imo

Instead of 'supposing'  please could you provide supporting evidence? 

The current peer-reviewed scientific literature is at odds with your opinion. For example

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320718313636

published a few months ago, which has evidence of a widespread problem.

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