SumOfUs is an ethical train wreck. They’ll easily deceive and manipulate if it means increasing micro-donations.
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.
How did we ever get to the madness of a hazard-based precautionary policy approach? Through those relentless possibilists.
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.
Commissioner Andriukaitis left it to the JRC to assess the neonic ban. Conclusion: the 2013 ban was a failure. Time to retract!
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.