Pesticides Linked to Bee Deaths Are Also Killing Fish (1)

Nov. 1, 2019, 7:57 PMUpdated: Nov. 1, 2019, 8:40 PM

Neonicotinoid pesticide use caused the collapse of two commercial fisheries in Japan, according to the findings of a study published Nov. 1 in the journal Science.

Neonicotinoids, or “neonics,” are an extremely common class of insecticides deployed primarily as seed coatings for crops such as corn, soybeans, and cotton. These chemicals in recent years have become known for their link to decreases in pollinator and bee populations.

Neonics were first approved for use in rice paddies in Japan in 1992. According to the new study, by 1993 the smelt harvest on Lake Shinji had to collapsed from 240 ...

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