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Center for Food Safety (CFS) released a new report December-2016

As this new research shows, many species beyond bees remain at risk. At risk for society as a whole are not just managed honey bees, wild bees, butterflies, other beneficial species, aquatic ecosystems and the environment generally, but also human health.

“A single corn kernel coated with a neonicotinoid can kill a song bird.” / The American Bird ConservancySadly, birds are one of the groups most at risk from both direct and indirect exposures to neonics. Birds are susceptible to dying from eating coated seeds and ingesting the toxic chemicals, and they’re also at risk of starvation in areas where neonics have all but eliminated the aquatic and terrestrial insects critical to their diet. Recent science corroborates these concerns. For instance, research in Holland shows that neonicotinoid water contamination correlates significantly with bird population declines, with sparrows, swallows, and thrushes among the most-impacted species.



"More than you would think; they are the 'canaries in the coal mine' of an industrial food system that is out of control. Their dwindling populations speak to the failures of a system heavily dependent upon genetically engineered (GE) seeds and chemical inputs that do not ultimately serve farmers, consumers or the vital pollinators we rely on for our food."