Neonicotinoids, or "neonics," are fast becoming the most popular and widely used class of pesticides in the world such that up to a third of all soybean seeds and 90 percent of corn seeds are now treated with these chemicals.
That's a major problem. In the lab it's been shown that, if these chemicals don't kill bees outright, they can impair the animals' ability to learn, remember, forage, navigate and fight disease.
Since bees and other pollinators are responsible for up to 35 percent of world food production, the use of neonics must be immediately reevaluated on a global scale. The European Union has already implemented a two-year moratorium on neonics starting in December 2013. And now Minnesota is poised to enact legislation that will halt the use of these harmful toxins in the state.
April 16, 2015 Action Alert ID# 208
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