In January, the European Commission advised the EU not to use neonicotinoids, a relatively new class of agricultural insecticides. Now the member countries are considering whether to ban the chemical. The Commission's warning came after heavy pressure from environmentalists who cited concern about honeybees and other insects that pollinate important crops. This is bad advice. The evidence against the insecticide is weak. Banning it would be at best premature and likely to do far more harm than good.
A researcher at the University of Southampton, working as part of a team from the UK and USA, believes the global eradication of malaria could be achieved by individual countries eliminating the disease within their own borders and coordinating efforts regionally. The team's findings have been published in the journal Science.
President Jacob Zuma has accepted an award from the African Union on behalf of South Africa. The award was in recognition of South Africa's efforts in combating malaria, which has been one of the major killer diseases in the world for centuries and still kills many people. The most vulnerable are children, who can die quite easily from malaria. Significantly, Zuma said that South Africa would continue to use the wonder chemical, DDT, in the antimalaria campaign.
After service in the British SAS Regiment the author became a physician and then an orthopaedic surgeon.
He has held professorial positions in Canada, Vietnam and the United States, practiced and taught orthopaedic surgery in three continents and in several wars.
He has extensive experience as an expert witness in court. Somewhere along the way, time was found to operate a four hundred acre mixed farm, a one hundred seat restaurant and to obtain a licence as a flying instructor.
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