Showing posts from July 30, 2014

New Studies Show Farm Chemicals Are Affecting More Than Bees. Bird Populations are Declining, Too.

Is modern agriculture’s toxic hold on nature becoming a death grip? By Larry Powell This summer, the tragedy of dying pollinators took on a new dimension. A team of Dutch researchers found that , in addition to bees, “significant declines in populations of insect-eating birds are also associated with high concentrations of neonicotinoids.” Another insectivorous species in decline,  the  purple  martin. Are they becoming "neonic" victims, too? PinP photo. “Neonics,” as they are commonly called, have become the most widely used group of insecticides in the world – and, the most infamous. As well as killing the crop pests they are supposed to, they’ve been implicated in the deaths of billions of honeybees from near and far, for well over a decade. The European Union even clamped a two-year moratorium on their use, last year. Various formulations of the chemical are made by multinational corporations like Bayer CropScience, Syngenta and Monsanto. They’