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How neonicotinoid pesticides are poisoning agriculture

When neonicotinoid-coated seeds germinate and mature into crops, the pesticide dissolves in water and permeates every plant cell. Washing food cannot remove neonicotinoid residues. The Harvard researchers noted that although neonicotinoid residues in their study were below levels allowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the way these levels are determined “does not take into sufficient account the protection of human health from long-term low-dose exposure.” This is worrisome, given the mounting evidence that exposure to nerve poison pesticides is a leading cause of neurodegenerative disorders such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

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