A class of pesticides may be worse than initially thought. Seeds are coated with these pesticides so the plant absorbs the entire thing. To insects, these pesticides, called neonicotinoids, are like nicotine and impact their central nervous system. These pesticides are beginning to become banned in some states and already is in the EU because of the harm to not only insects but birds and other animals as well.
- (Natural News) Neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides in wide use, may be more destabilizing to agriculture than previously presumed, according to a new study from Penn State.
- The team’s research challenges the previously held belief that neonicotinoid seed coatings have little to no effect on predatory insect populations,” Science Daily summarized.
- As Natural News has outlined, seeds are coated with neonicotinoids before planting instead of being sprayed on growing crops. Thus, a plant absorbs the entire insecticide component.
“The seven different chemicals that make up the neonicotinoid family are reportedly known to be extremely toxic to the environment despite being promoted as a safer alternative to traditional pyrethroid pesticides.”