Despite the widespread usage of neonicotinoids for protecting crops from predatory insects, this class of substances has been shown to pose substantial risk to bee populations, both killing them directly and affecting their behavior and productivity.
“Regulatory impotence flows from the default assumption that industrial chemicals are safe, unless or until, unequivocally proven unsafe. Essentially human consumers are today’s guinea pigs of the chemical industry, just like the previous generation was for DDT, PCBs, asbestos, radiation and lead. Once a dangerous product is put on the market, it is only withdrawn after it has already caused large scale, undeniable damage and/or death.”
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