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by Luigi Guarino on April 11, 2012

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Dave Wood April 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

Amazonian farmers?
I am a bit outraged by this – it is not the Amazon, despite us being told so repeatedly. It is about seasonally-flooded coastal wetlands in French Guiana: not in the Amazon watershed and not naturally forested. There is a mass of information for this type of agricultural land-use all round the Caribbean: it generally went out of use as it it is very labour-intensive. From my own experience of savannas in Trinidad there is no point at all in burning them for crop production: the biomass is way too low to provide the needed nutrients. So the burning/Amazon collation – more evident in the press reports than in the paper itself – is a red herring served up by PR people and not scientists. Bunded rice production is a far better option to feed people in seasonally flooded areas. It seems the higher status the journal the more the misrepresentation will happen and the more it will be reported.

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MikeH April 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

Don’t crack open the mead to celebrate the solution to colony collapse disorder just yet.

Imidacloprid is used on Citrus, coffee, cotton, fruits, grapes, potatoes, rice, soybeans, sugarcane, tobacco and vegetables

Clothianidin is used on Canola, cereals, corn, sunflowers and sugar beet.

According to Bayer, over the past 8 years, the annual percentage of total corn acres in the U.S. treated with imidacloprid has been less than half a percent.

Methinks, they got their chemicals mixed up.

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