Neonicotinoids: The New DDT?

(Earth Focus: Episode 69) Neonicotinoids, the most widely used insecticides in the world, are linked to the decline of honeybees. Scientists now say the also may harm many terrestrial, aquatic, and marine invertebrates. These pervasive insecticides damage sea urchin DNA, suppress the immune systems of crabs, and affect the tunneling and reproductive behavior of earthworms. They kill off insects that many birds, amphibians, and reptiles rely on for food and pose a threat to the productivity of our natural environment and farmlands.

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