Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ecological consequences of economic pressures

Human society is a complex system that consists not only of the cognitive structures we all share, but the biological substrate it runs on - biological and ecological systems are, of course, just as complex (maybe more so) than the politics and propaganda this blog is nominally about.

So ... that's a long way to say that biology is going into this blog, too.  Really, it's "complex systems" I'm looking at.

But this post is about the ecological consequences of economic pressures.  Specifically, Colony Collapse Disorder, the disappearance of about a third of the commercially operated beehives in the States over the past few years which, new studies seem to imply, looks very much due to neonicotinoids, a class of pesticide sold by Bayer.

As usual, I don't have time to do this justice.  It's been a busy week at home and I'm behind deadline on the paying work.  So ... TODO: patch this up.  The interlocking complexities are fascinating.

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