Buffer zones of wildflowers and native plants around single-crop fields can help, as can agricultural practices that respect biodiversity and reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides.
Insects are also nature’s scavengers and soil aerators.
There are proven steps that could be taken now to help stem this decline.
Upon its release, in 1995, Oxy Contin was hailed as a medical breakthrough, a long-lasting narcotic that could help patients suffering from moderate to severe pain.
The drug became a blockbuster, and has reportedly generated some thirty-five billion dollars in revenue for Purdue. Its sole active ingredient is oxycodone, a chemical cousin of heroin which is up to twice as powerful as morphine.
Over time, the origins of a clan’s largesse are largely forgotten, and we recall only the philanthropic legacy, prompted by the name on the building.
According to Forbes, the Sacklers are now one of America’s richest families, with a collective net worth of thirteen billion dollars—more than the Rockefellers or the Mellons.
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The bulk of the Sacklers’ fortune has been accumulated only in recent decades, yet the source of their wealth is to most people as obscure as that of the robber barons.