Popular Pesticides Called Neonics Are Harming Bees, But Not Everywhere, Major New Study Shows : The Salt : NPR

In the global debate over neonicotinoid pesticides, the company that makes most of them has relied on one primary argument to defend its product: The evidence that these chemicals, commonly called “neonics,” are harmful to bees has been gathered in artificial conditions, force-feeding bees in the laboratory, rather than in the real world of farm fields. That company, Bayer, states on its website that “no adverse effects to bee colonies were ever observed in field studies at field-realistic exposure conditions.”

Bayer will have a harder time making that argument after today. (Although it still has another argument in its quiver. We’ll get to that later.)

Source: Popular Pesticides Called Neonics Are Harming Bees, But Not Everywhere, Major New Study Shows : The Salt : NPR

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