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The Vanishing — Insect Extinction Is Another Canary in the Coal Mine

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  • A 76 percent decline in flying insects was revealed over a period of 27 years in Germany
  • The researchers observed insects in nature preserves that are meant to protect ecosystem functioning and biodiversity, making the decline even more alarming
  • Ninety-four percent of the protected areas included in the study were enclosed by agricultural areas, and increasing use of pesticides was named as a possible cause for the decline
  • It’s estimated that 80 percent of wild plants depend on insects for pollination, and 60 percent of birds depend on them for food

By Dr. Mercola

If you've ever gone on a road trip, you probably have distinct memories of bugs flying at, and smashing on, your windshield — along with the inevitable cleanup the mess necessitated afterward. If you think about it for a minute, though, you may realize that it's been awhile since your windshield was covered with insects.

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