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Pesticides Killing Bees

Pesticides Killing Bees

The problem with pesticides is that their toxicity affects not only target species but non-target species and resources such as water and soil. Neonicotinoids, chemically similar to nicotine, started to replace nicotine in the eradication of what was classified as 'agricultural pests'. Clothianidin was registered with the US EPA in 2010 for the seed treatment of corn and canola. A range of pesticides, nicotinyl (neonicotinoid) insecticides, including imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, clothianidin, have been researched extensively in France, leading to a ban in 1999 on most applications of imidacloprid. The federal French government commissioned further scientific research through the Commit' Scientifique et Technique, concluding that treatment of seeds with neonicotinoid, imidacloprid produces significant risk for bees and even rejected Bayer's application for the pesticide clot...

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