Knowledge for better food systems

From the FCRN: 20 February 2019

In Fodder this week

75% to 98% of insect biomass has been lost in the past few decades and over 40% of insect species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades, according to a new paper, which points to intensive agriculture and pesticides as some of the leading causes. Our summary of this paper includes some notes of clarification on the widely-reported statistic that insect biomass is declining by 2.5% each year.

In other news:

  • Human-induced environmental change could lead to the collapse of social and economic systems, warns the UK think-tank IPPR
  • 63% of EU cropland is used to produce animal feed, according to a study by Greenpeace
  • Switching to an organic diet for a few days can reduce traces of pesticides in urine, and
  • Machine learning can help to monitor bee health by automatically tracking Varroa mite infestations.