Policies to Protect Diminishing Bee Populations in the United States

Honey bees are pollinators that have a strong influence on ecological relationships, ecosystem conservation and genetic variation in plants, with pollination occurring in a variety of ways: wind, animals, self-pollination and sexual reproduction. According to Greenpeace, an estimated 87.5% of flowering plants are pollinated by animals, and can increase fruit or seed in 75% of the world’s food crops ((Greenpeace Research Laboratories Technical Report (Review) 01/2013)). Greenpeace also shows that although grains such as wheat, […]

Effects of chemical pesticides on beneficial and harmful insect populations on four farms in Central Massachusetts

Abstract Finding sustainable methods to control pest insects that affect crop yield is a pressing, worldwide concern for agriculture. In recent decades, there has been interest in developing less toxic chemical pesticides, and more sparse regimens for application of these pesticides to avoid also killing beneficial insects during pesticide applications. For this study, insects were collected from four farms in Central Massachusetts (Middlesex and Worcester Counties) to compare the population levels of beneficial and harmful […]

Preventing All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Related Deaths and Injuries

Numbering in the tens of millions, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crashes have claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people between 1982 and 2010 and are the subject of pressing public health policy issues ((Consumer Product Safety Commission. (2011). ATV Fatality Database. Washington, DC.; Government Accountability Office. (2010). All Terrain Vehicles: How They Are Used, Crashes, and Sales of Adult-Sized Vehicles for Children’s Use. Retrieved from http://www.gao.gov/assets/310/302950.pdf)). Unfortunately, individuals under the age of 16 are victims […]