Past Webinar

Event: ELFSISS Webinar: Ethics, Opioids, and America’s Drug Overdose Crisis

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Duration: 1 hour

Description: Many individuals live with pain, and opioids can treat pain. But as we now know all too well, living in the midst of an epidemic, opioids can also be deadly. How, then, are we to think of opioid medication? In this talk, Travis will argue that we have to get away from thinking of opioids as either a panacea or black magic; like all drugs, they carry both risks and benefits, and responding appropriately to both requires careful reasoning.

Travis N. Rieder, PhD
Assistant Director of Education Initiatives
Research Scholar
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Event: Pollinators & Pesticides: Complementary Components of Sustainable Agriculture Webinar

Webinar Recording

Date and Time: Monday, November 7, 2012, at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Description: Neonicotinoids are one of the fastest growing classes of insecticides used in modern crop protection. Selectively targeting the insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR), neonicotinoids have high target specificity and low mammalian toxicity with no cross-resistance to conventional insecticide classes, which make them an attractive alternative to organophosphate pesticides.

Neonicotinoids are systemic compounds that translocate throughout the treated plant when applied to the seed, greatly reducing overall chemical usage and minimizing acute exposures to sensitive non-target organisms. Nonetheless, it is conceivable that pollinators, such as bees, may be exposed to these compounds via pollen and/or nectar as well as other routes of exposure. Because neonicotinoids are intrinsically hazardous to bees, a considerable amount of effort is currently being devoted to better understanding the nature of exposure and the potential impact (if any) on bees as well as mitigation options to reduce the potential impact to pollinators.

Bees and crop protection products are integral and complementary components of a sustainable, healthy, and productive agricultural system. As a result, the agrochemical industry has invested heavily in pollinator research and is playing an integral role in improving bee health across the world.

Pollinator health is a complex issue that requires a multi-faceted approach in order to realize long-term improvements. To that end, industry has invested in programs to promote product stewardship; biodiversity initiatives designed to re-establish bee foraging habitat; and research programs to study bee biology and develop treatments to protect bees from parasites and disease. Programs such as the Global Bee Care Program (Bayer Crop Science) and Operation Pollinator (Syngenta) underscore our dedication to this issue.