Neonicotinoids

Neonicotinoids
Tags: Pesticides,
  • Definition

    Neonicotinoids, often abbreviated to neonics, are neurotoxic insecticides. Neonics are the most widely used insecticides in the world and are incorporated into every part of the plant.

  • Health considerations

    Neonics are neurotoxic primarily to arthropods such as spiders and insects, though intake can kill birds and small mammals.

  • Keep in mind

    Neonic residues persist in soil and are often found in soil and water in levels high enough to seriously damage non-pest organisms. Due to persistance in water, neonics spread outside of agricultural areas. Neonics have been strongly associated with the widespread death of bees and colony collapse. Colony collapse poses a serious risk to ecological diversity and certain crops.

  • May be found in

    Residues in crops, water

  • References

    Task Force on Systemic Pesticides Press Release
    Journal of Applied Ecology
    Science

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