Unsubstantiated reports on neonics a threat to farmers

October 24, 2014

Editor’s Note: For an analysis of neonics and bee health based on the findings of national regulatory and science agencies around the world, see here.

From: The Western Producer

Canadian agriculture takes pride in this country’s regulatory system, which puts science at the forefront when making decisions.

The implication is that scientists set aside emotion, religion and politics and make rational conclusions based on empirical evidence.

But can scientists ever truly separate themselves from emotion and politics? After all, scientists are humans who live in the real world full of passion and emotion.

And what happens when scientific research has only recently addressed an issue and initial studies are conflicting?

Then we must hope for an open dialogue that will over time, with the amassing of more information and understanding, allow a scientific consensus to emerge.

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