Doug Gurian-Sherman wrote in a recent blog for the Union of Concerned Scientists about the harmful effects of the most widely used insecticides, called neonicotinoids. He said a new report asserts that neonicotinoids may be harming birds — ironically the same animals that eat pest insects that would otherwise damage crops, plants and even spread diseases.
"Figures of speech aside, the aesthetic value that birds add to our lives is only one reason why a new report from the American Bird Conservancy is disturbing," Gurian-Sherman wrote in "The Birds and the Bees and Neonicotinoids."
Gurian-Sherman said that’s not all neonicotinoids are doing. There is a lot of scientific data that ties these insecticides to the recent and dramatic decline in bees, which are needed to pollinate many crops. These insecticides may also find their way into our streams, wetlands and lakes.
The good news, he says, is that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to reconsider the use of neonicotinoids.
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