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Study Links Pollinator Declines and Global Malnutrition

Pollination services are important to global food security, but where are they especially critical to human health and nutrition? A recent study mapped the micronutrients supported by pollinator-dependent crops globally, then analyzed the overlap between human malnutrition and pollinator dependence. In the areas where vitamin A and iron production were most dependent upon pollination, the population was three times as likely to suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.

The authors hope that the study will suggest local areas for research and conservation where continued pollinator declines could have a particularly devastating effect on human nutrition.

To read the study click here.
Pesticide Levels Still A Concern For Aquatic Life In U.S. Waterways

A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey of pesticide levels in the U.S. rivers and streams shows that aquatic life continues to be in trouble. From 1992 to 2011, the proportion of rural and mixed-use environments in the study that exceeded aquatic-life benchmarks remained about the same, while the percentage of urban streams contained insecticides at a level harmful to aquatic life shot up to 90 percent.

The potential for adverse effects on aquatic life may be even greater than the study suggests, in that many potentially important pesticide compounds were not included in the assessment. Furthermore, recent regional studies in high-use areas indicate that it is likely that neonicotinoid insecticides and fungicides occur frequently in surface waters.

To read the study click here.
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