Question is, is there anything we can do about it, or is it just the price we pay for human development? When you look at the ecological sterilization that happened in places like the San Joaquin valley in California things start to look pretty bleak.
Vote with your wallet, and demand organic produce and pasture raised, locally butchered meat. The uptick in price is quite small, and the differences (both health and flavor) are huge:
- Pasture grasslands sequester carbon and increase topsoil quantity/quality
- Industrial farming, livestock finishing and meat processing is of dramatically lower quality, both ethically and nutritionally
Just 5% of the population expressing their refusal to consume industrially raised and finished meat, and non-organic produce would up-end the supply chain -- because even non-interested parties would begin to change their buying habits, to satisfy the "wacko" uncle or cousin who only eats organic, pasture-raised stuff...
Certainly true. There is a particular sustainability problem I have been thinking about for some time: the "organic" versus "low till" conundrum.
Reducing chemical usage through organic farming practices is good. Reducing tillage is very good for the soil biome -- soil that has been undisturbed for 5 years has hugely more organic matter, hugely more worms and other healthy organism, better water retention, better aeration, the list goes on.
Here is the conflict: In order to achieve low- or no-till farming, chemical weed control is usually necessary. In order to avoid chemicals and stay organic, mechanic weed control is the norm, causing much soil disruption.
Wholesale conversion to organic farming practices will never let us restore the soil biome unless we come up with a new solution for weed control that is cost competitive.
Many times they land on a table and you can nudge them and they don't even fly away. We attributed it to the recent change in location, like maybe the flies here are stupid or since we have many more lizards maybe there is weird selection bias.
There is also virtually no mosquitoes even though we are near a lake and when we used to come here a few decades ago they were everywhere, it was a impossible to stay outside without repellent.
edit: Looks like Canada's restricting some, but the bans roll out over several years. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/august-18-2018-canada-bans-n...
What's become unexpectedly shameful is the new government under the Liberal Party elected in late 2015. That party keeps claiming to be in favour of science-based policy, but they've dragged their feet on the neonic issue just as much as the Conservatives. The general consensus is that the Liberals are worried about rural votes in the prairie provinces in the general election to be held later this year, so they're trying to avoid any action that could be perceived as "anti farmer".