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Boiled Frogs and the Pesticide Time Bomb

neonicotinoid pesticide

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  • In 2018, nearly every corn seed sown in the U.S. was treated with neonicotinoids, along with about half of soybeans and most of the cotton
  • Planting neonicotinoid seeds kills off insects that prey on slugs — prominent corn and soybean pests — thereby reducing crop yields
  • The chemicals are having a pernicious influence on insects, such that entire ecosystems could be in jeopardy
  • Neonicotinoids are only one type of agricultural chemical that’s being used in excess; glyphosate and dicamba usage also continues to grow in spite of serious environmental concerns

By Dr. Mercola

Corn and soybean seeds colored red and blue, respectively, have become an all-too-common sight on U.S. farms. The seeds are given a colorful hue because they've been treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, and the coloring is one of the only ways to tell them apart from their untreated, yellow counterparts. In 2018, nearly every field corn seed sown in the U.S. contained the insecticides, along with about half of soybeans and most of the cotton.

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