THE SECOND SILENT SPRING: Pesticides don’t just kill pests

APP Advocate Precautionary Principle

THE SECOND SILENT SPRING: Pesticides don’t just kill pests. New research out of the Netherlands provides compelling evidence linking a widely used class of insecticides to population declines across 14 species of birds. Those insecticides, called neonicotinoids, have been in the news lately due to the way they hurt bees and other pollinators. This new paper, published in Nature, gets at another angle of the story – the way these chemicals can indirectly affect other creatures in the ecosystem. There are many studies that show that neonics harm bees. “I think we are the first to show that this insecticide may have wide-scale, significant effects on our environment,” said Hans de Kroon, an expert on population dynamics at Radboud University and one of the authors of the paper.
READ MORE: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140709-birds-insects-pesticides-insecticides-neonicotinoids-silent-spring/
Direct link to the study: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13531.html#ref-link-43

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