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    Which is frustrating, because I personally believe that it is important to be knowlegeable about what you criticise and accurate in your analyses rather than slinging out ill considered broadsides.

    Monsanto is a huge corporation that plays legal hardball, but not everything they do is evil and they are not responsible for all the destructive practices in agriculture.  For instance, Monarch Butterfly decline is cause by habitat destruction - driven by suburban sprawl and corn expansion for ethanol biofuel production, assisted by Roundup to clear the weeds - rather than by Roundup per se.  It is important that we aim our fire at the proper targets: knee jerk reactions just make us all look silly and get in the way of implementing effective solutions to real problems.

    Specifically, nobody knows what causes colony collapse disorder.  There are least five serious possibilities, and the evidence is vast and contradictory.  Anyone who says that he knows exactly what causes CCD is ignorant, or confused, or lying, or selling something.  An article in Salon, based on an ambitious scientist's press release bragging about how awsome his research is, does not constitute an adequate basis for claiming certain knowlege.

    But, somehow, the idea that neonics are murdering our bees has become part of liberal orthodoxy.  Deviation from the approved line brings forth open accusations of trolling and shilling, and dark insinuations that one can not be a good progressive.

    This is not to dump on you, KITA, but I do want to get this out into the record.

    Vai o tatu escamoso me encontrar onde estou escondendo? Lembro-me do caminho de ouro, uma pinga de mel, meu amado Parati

    by tarkangi on Tue May 27, 2014 at 10:22:40 AM PDT

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