“…researchers from a Bosch startup called Deepfield Robotics presented a paper on “Vision-Based High-Speed Manipulation for Robotic Ultra-Precise Weed Control,” which has like four distinct exciting-sounding phrases in it.” IEEE Spectrum
Warning Signs: How Pesticides Harm the Young Brain: “The risks are not confined to children growing up in farm communities or inner-city public housing.” The Nation
neonicotinoid the class of the insecticides linked with colony collapse disorder through a growing body of research including a smoking gun molecular mechanism are now being investigated by the european food safety authority which suspects “two neonicotinoid insecticides – acetamiprid and imidacloprid – may affect the developing human nervous system…” how common are they? the USDA “…has detected imidacloprid on roughly 22 percent of the conventionally grown produce samples it tested.” 60% of broccoli! the president of the ottawa river institute has written a great article on how neonicotinoid are used and other adverse effects. maybe a good time to go re-read the excellent UN report recommending that we “Wake Up Before it is Too Late” and transform global agriculture with less dependence on fertilizer and other inputs and by supporting small-scale farmers and strong local food systems. ( relatedly, new research shows nitrates from fertilizer overuse slowly leach into groundwater for at least 5 decades which is much longer than previously assumed ).
it’s record breaking hot all over and meteorologists predict the drought is only going to get worse on the same week usda declared the largest natural disaster area ever due to drought ( more than 1,000 counties covering 26 states ) because, well, “corn sex is complicated…the whole affair is so freakishly difficult it’s hard to imagine how it ever evolved in the first place…” and the drought isn’t making it any easier.