How arable farmers can help prevent ‘mass extinction’ of pollinators

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Arable farming needs to change in order to halt declines in biodiversity and prevent one of the worst mass extinction events in history, a leading US entomologist has warned.

Bold action is required by farmers to stop habitat loss and the unintended consequences of pesticide use having a devastating effect on insect communities, says Jonathan Lundgren of the Ecdysis Foundation and Blue Dasher Farm.

Highlighting that 60% of insect biomass had already been lost, the award-winning former US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist blamed the non-target effects of widely used systemic insecticides, such as neonicotinoids, for some of that damage.

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