People Manage To Kill Three-Quarters Of Flying Insects In Only 27 Years: Part A //
Oct 23, 2017
Humans have always excelled at killing things. No species does it better than us. Technological advancement is fastest in development of more sophisticated and powerful weapons to kill off our enemies.
Corporate propaganda says that to have higher and higher yields of crops to feed exponential population growth we must develop more powerful pesticides to kill off more and more insects. We’ve succeeded in killing off 76% of flying insects in only 27 years. Oops. We need insects to pollinate our crops so that we can grow food. Doh… Not so smart…
Insectageddon: farming is more catastrophic than climate breakdown, by George Monbiot: The shocking collapse of insect populations hints at a global ecological meltdown. Guardian link article from Friday 20 October here.
What the Luck?: The Surprising Role of Chance in Our Everyday Lives, by Garry Smith. Regression to the mean, Wiki article here. Link to Wiki article on Biomass (Ecology), here.
It’s a Bugs Death, for Three out of Four: Part B // Oct 25, 2017
In many apocalyptic dystopian movies, we see scenes where civilization has collapsed, nobody is around, and there are cockroaches scurrying throughout derelict ruins of buildings.
Thanks to incredible scientific advances on development and deployment of super-pesticides, these movies have it all wrong. There won’t be any cockroaches, or any other bugs around. In fact we are presently killing insects so efficiently now, their absence may in fact accelerate our collapse, and we will have to rewrite these dystopian movie scripts.
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