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France Fires a Shot at the World’s Insecticide Industry

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Touch the Soil News #346 Not a household word, but the term neonicotinoid is the name for a specific neuro-active chemical that kills insects – including bees. So without insects, birds die, bees die and a large portion of food is in peril for lack of pollinating. The world’s largest manufacturers and sellers of neonicotinoids include Bayer CropScience and Syngenta. In the U.S., approximately 95 percent of all corn and canola crops and the majority of cotton, sorghum and sugar beets and half of all soybeans were treated with this chemical. In addition, there has been heavy use on fruits and vegetables including apples, cherries, peaches, oranges, berries, leafy greens,…

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