|A small skipper butterfly, bees and hoverflies on a thistle in the English countryside. Neonicotinoid insecticides have been linked to declines in bees and other pollinators. Photograph: Tim Gainey/Alamy|
The politicians say that the data are not strong enough, the studies provide enough data though for some action...and the on going question is:
how many data do the politicians need?
In toxicology, how many studies are needed to identify a compound as toxic?
e.g. how many studies do we need in order to conclude that hexavalent Cr as carcinogenic?
In human nutrition, how many papers we need in order to decide for any action on eating guidelines?
and so on...
and the inaction...leaves the current status quo, some companies make money at the expense of the environment, our food, our health, the prosperity of our kids...