The EU precautionary ban on neonics has decimated this year’s crop.
A group of activists show why they are not qualified.
I show why they are wrong.
The EU neonic ban was not about the bees, not about the science and not about sustainable farming.
So what was it about?
When Juncker forces a bad tool on his scientists, don’t be surprised if they cry out for help.
Activists are pushing their version of citizen science on regulators as an alternative to proper academic research.
In 17th century London, precaution led to the Great Plague. Today, a new religion of zealots are still using the same techniques similarly unaware of the consequences.
Junck-science: the art of creating scientific disagreement so that undesired evidence and facts can be ignored and kept out of the policy process for as long as possible.
When an FOIA request was made for my email exchange with the EU on neonics, I thought I should share them in a blog. Enjoy!
EFSA was deceived by activist scientists who hid their conflicts of interest to get onto the bee WG and shape regulatory guidance.
EFSA moved the goalposts to ban neonics. They seemed to have scored an own goal!
In 2014 the European Commission banned 3 neonics. Its decision was based on activist science gaming EFSA and bias within DG Sanco (Santé). Nobody cared.
This blog was Part 2 of what became known as the BeeGate trilogy. Originally published on 10 December 2014, it exposed the low qualifications of many of the activist bee scientists and the anti-industry, pro-organic organisations funding them. As EFSA is about to advise on the temporary neonicotinoid precautionary ban, I think it is a good idea…