This is a well produced book for a coffee table written by Dr Henk Tennekes who graduated from the University of Wageningen in 1974 and was a researcher for Shell in Sittingbourne, Kent. He has also worked at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelburg, 1980-85. His work and research culminated in the his recent discovery that the mode of action of widely used neonicotinoids has much in common with that of chemical carcinogens.

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For me, the evidence presented was not “first rate” and mainly coincidental and anecdotal, but there is enough to ask for the cautionary principle to apply to all new insecticides. Agricultural chemicals need far greater regulation, and longer term assessment before they are released into public use. Once in use, continuing assessment is needed, and there is a government responsibility to provide this with an independent third party.

The perverse incentives for the seed and chemical manufacturers to produce evidence in favour, and avoid disclosing evidence against a product is too tempting to ignore. Duplication of research by an independent third party is the answer, and this same third party should have responsibility for ongoing evidence collection.

An expense on the state, but well worth it. The other problem is what chemicals will be used instead, and could these be more harmful? Older accepted chemical treatments need to be revisited……

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