Insectogeddon

Politicians are complicit in the killing of our insects – we will be next – Guardian 12 February 2019 – Molly Scott Cato

Insects Are Essential

“Most of us spend more time swatting away or avoiding wasps and moths than we do contemplating their importance to the web of life. But it is no exaggeration to say that the horrifying decline in the number of these creatures – the most widespread on Earth – is a barometer for the whole planet.
The new global scientific review into the perilous condition of our insects reports that more than 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction while the mass of insects is declining by 2.5% a year.”

Through the WI Lens

This article, from a Green MEP (Member of European Parliament) and member of the European parliament’s agriculture committee, looks at the policy shortcomings which are threatening ‘insectageddon’, namely the failure of politicians to resist lobbying by the agrichemical industry, and to implement science-driven policy to protect wildlife. The EU’s sustainable use of pesticides directive is ineffectual, and has allowed farmers to become chemically dependent. From a wellness perspective, there are a number of points to note:

• humans can’t pick and choose which parts of the eco-system we want to preserve; it is interconnected and if you eliminate one part you put everything at risk;

• the hospitality industry can play a small part by sourcing organic – ie non-pesticide produced foods and products, by strictly limiting their own use of insecticides, and by creating environments in which insects can thrive, for example lavender beds for bees;

• we need to change our perception of insects. Instead of seeing them as a pest, we could view them as a sustainable, low carbon food source, in which case they will be needed more than ever.

Gut Feelings

April 16, 2019

Could Therapy Be Key To Treating Your IBS? – Huffington Post, 11 April 2019, Natasha Hinde

Radicalise Movement

April 2, 2019

Sitting down for too long may be causing 70,000 UK deaths a year – The Guardian, 26 March 2019, Nicola Davis

Humans Back In Vogue

March 26, 2019

Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good – New York Times, 23 March 2019, Nellie Bowles

Sickness to Debt to Sickness

March 19, 2019

Americans Are Going Bankrupt From Getting Sick, The Atlantic, 15 March 2019, Olga Khazan

On The Money

March 12, 2019

Why the future of well-being isn’t about money www.weforum.org, 26 Feb 2019, Justin Dupuis

Bread Culture

March 5, 2019

With bread’s return to favor in the wellness world, consumers are ritualizing the baking process as an opportunity to slow down. JWT Intelligence, 28 February 2019, Emily Safian-Demers

Ikea Purity

February 26, 2019

Ikea’s new curtains purify the air inside your house – Fast Company, 20 Feb 2019, Jesus Diaz

Insectogeddon

February 19, 2019

Insectageddon – Politicians are complicit in the killing of our insects – we will be next – Guardian 12 February 2019 – Molly Scott Cato

Goop, Delta, Netflix

February 12, 2019

Goop Enters Netflix Deal: Has Pseudoscience Found A New Platform? Forbes, 9 Feb 2019, Bruce Y. Lee

Race Ready Workplace

February 5, 2019

5 ways work culture will change by 2030, Fast Company, February 4th 2019 Gwen Moran

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