Should pesticides be blamed for the decline of certain frog populations? Well such a link doesn’t seem to exist, or so says Alex Avery of the Hudson Institute, which recently released a report on the lack of science surrounding the alleged global amphibian crisis. Comments Avery: “Ecologists have repeatedly created a false link between pesticide use and its impact on frogs. In Minnesota, state officials charged that a chemical in water led to frog deformities, but that was later shown to be caused naturally by a parasite. In California, the mountain yellow legged frog was supposed to be threatened by pesticides too, but it wound up being threatened by salmon that preyed upon it. It’s time to follow the science, rather than leaping to premature conclusions.”

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