Insect ‘apocalypse’ in U.S. driven by 50x increase in toxic pesticides

Butterfly on milkweed flowerFrom National Geographic, August 6, 2019.

Bees, butterflies, and other insects are under attack by the very plants they feed on as U.S. agriculture continues to use chemicals known to kill.

America’s agricultural landscape is now 48 times more toxic to honeybees, and likely other insects, than it was 25 years ago, almost entirely due to widespread use of so-called neonicotinoid pesticides, according to a new study published today in the journal PLOS One.

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