The pesticide that caused bee colonies to collapse is killing birds now
Neonicotinoids, thought to be responsible for colony collapse disorder, have detrimental effects on birds, too
Aug 18, 2020
Environmentalists and farmers were relieved to discover that the mysterious and sudden drop in bee populations in the past decade turned out to be linked to neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides that are chemically akin to nicotine. Solving that mystery was not merely important to ecologists, but also crucial to human survival: if major bee communities become extinct or near-extinct, it could devastate human food sources.