29 Jul '14, 5pm

Nicotine-like pesticide blamed in bee deaths widespread in Midwestern rivers

Nicotine-like pesticide blamed in bee deaths widespread in Midwestern rivers

In the first broad-scale study of rivers throughout the Midwest, the USGS has found neonicotinoids, the suspected bee-killing pesticides, widespread in rivers and streams. The study tested nine rivers and streams -- including the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers -- draining parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Most corn and soybean planted in these states now comes delivered with a prophylactic coating of pesticides -- like antibiotics in CAFOs , the pesticides are used regardless of whether they are needed or not. USGS /Promo image The scientists detected increased concentrations after rains, consistent with a theory that the pesticide is being flushed from soils by the precipitation. Such increases were found even before the first planting of the year, indicating that the pesticide sticks around in the soils, providing a ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/nicotin...

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