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neonicotinoid (“neonic”) insecticides

The very trait that was supposed to make neonics less toxic to people and the ecosystem - they're generally applied to seeds, not sprayed on fields - means that every cell of the plant ends up containing neonicotinoids.

The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides (tfsp.info), which reviewed more than 1,100 studies on neonics, has been pretty blunt: "Neonics impact all species that chew a plant, sip its sap, drink its nectar, eat its pollen or fruit."