What is in this article?:
- Fertilizer industry working to reduce groundwater pollution
- Pesticides and honey bees
- The general public may not realize that the problem of nitrates draining into drinking water tables has been a complex issue that agriculture has been tackling for many years.
- The fertilizer industry continues to be at the table with regulators, researchers, and the agricultural community to help find solutions to nitrate leaching in California's groundwater.
Pesticides and honey bees
All this is not written to confuse the reader with a bunch of technical examples put forth by the fertilizer industry to address what it is doing to deal with the nitrate issue, but to reinforce our position that we have been, are, and will continue to work closely with regional water boards, state agencies and California growers in our continuing efforts to mitigate nitrate impacts to California groundwater.
As noted in the UC Davis study, even if we were to completely eliminate the sources of nitrate in groundwater, California’s Central Valley and the Salinas Valley (heavy ag producing areas) would continue to have a drinking water problem for the next 10 to 30 years, because nitrates can move very slowly through soils to groundwater.
The public should rest assured that the fertilizer industry continues to be at the table with regulators, researchers, and the agricultural community to help find solutions to nitrate leaching in California's groundwater.
Pesticides not sole cause of bee disappearances
Despite a growing outcry to ban pesticides because they might be causing honey bee deaths, multiple factors contribute to the problem, not just one class of insecticides, according to Eric Mussen, a noted honey bee expert who works at UC Davis’ Department of Entomology.
Speaking on honey bee health at the 51st annual meeting of the International Society of Toxicology and ToxExpo, held in San Francisco, Mussen said there is no “specific culprit” that causes colony collapse disorder, a mysterious malady that causes adult bees to abandoned their hives, leaving behind the queen, her brood, and honey and pollen stores.
Multiple factors affecting colony health include “pathogens, parasites, pesticides and malnutrition,” he told the society, made up of 7,500 scientists from academia, government, and industry from all over the globe.
Seems after years of research, there is simply not one single cause to be found.