The same neurotoxic pesticides that have been implicated in global bee collapse are also harming butterflies, worms, fish and birds, according to a scientific review issued Tuesday that called for tighter regulation to limit their use. This comes in the same week that a potential link between pesticide exposure during pregnancy and autism was discovered.
An international panel of 29 scientists found “clear evidence of harm” from the use of two pesticides, neonicotinoids and fipronil, after analyzing two decades of reports on the subject. The evidence has been “sufficient enough to trigger regulatory action.”
“We are witnessing a threat to the productivity of our natural and farmed environment,” said Jean-Marc Bontamin of France’s National Centre for Scientific Research, who co-authored the report.The study, entitled Worldwide Integrated Assessment, was carried out by the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, who advise the global watchdog on species loss, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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