Highly toxic pesticides in agriculture: Neonicotinoids and the Death of Birds and Bees

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“Bees and birds contribute to the essence of life on our planet. A study by the US Department of Agriculture estimated that “…perhaps one-third of our total diet is dependent, directly or indirectly, upon insect-pollinated plants.” (…) bee colony populations have decreased significantly in many European and North American nations. (…) Serious recent scientific studies however point to a major cause: use of new highly toxic systemic pesticides in agriculture since about 2004.”
“But most alarming of all is the evidence that exposure to neonicotinides has horrific possible effects on humans as well as on birds and bees.”   F. William Engdahl