Neonicotinoid Clothianidin

Agribusiness walks a tightrope.  It must balance massive food production with not poisoning en masse our ecology as it did with DDT.  Bayer AG and Monsanto thought they had found the answer to this tricky balancing act with the neonicotinoid, clothianidin.  Neonicotinoids mimic the natural pesticide qualities in nicotine and have a much lower toxicity in mammals than in insects.  And in the on-going search to make things healthy via technology, clothianidin is often used to treat the seed before it is even planted.  This means farmers don’t need to spray pesticide all over the crops, which in theory means it won’t get into our water, into the birds, into our food sources.  But it does get into the pollen.  And it is terribly toxic to our pollinators.  Clothianidin has been anecdotally linked to Colony Collapse Disorder, and the recent, rapid decline of the honey bee.  It is worth remembering that every third bite of food we eat is directly linked to the honey bee.  It doesn’t matter how many pests agribusiness kills with clothianidin, if there are no bees to pollinate those plants, there won’t be any crops to harvest.

-HP

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