We're Not Just Killing Our Bees Anymore
I just learned of some unsettling news. It seems it's not just the bee population dying off from our use of pesticides known as neonicotinoids – specifically Imidacloprid , manufactured by Bayer - our birds are starting to die off, too. This is sad, on multiple levels.
According to BBC News, the effects on birds – and even some mammals – have been demonstrated by Dutch scientists and the long-term effects might also prove to be further catastrophic.
Neonicotinoids work in a systemic fashion. The plants take the pesticide in and basically become a living pesticide plant of their own. As the insects (so-called “pests”) feed on the plant, their own nervous system is impacted, killing them.
In addition to affecting the food source of many bird varieties, the pesticides themselves are accumulative within the ecosystem.
In another report from The Guardian , we learn Europe has already banned the pesticide but Bayer continues to fight the ban in court with lawsuits . Here on the North American continent, only one province in Canada is even considering banning neonicotinoids, so far.
Why the delicate balance of our ecosystem comes second to a corporation's profits is beyond me. But, as was once said before, once the last tree has been cut down and the last animal killed, only then will Man realize we cannot eat money .