By: Michael Snyder | The Economic Collapse
Have you ever heard of neonicotinoids? Most of you probably have not, and that is exactly what the giant agricultural corporations want. They don’t want you to know that crops all over the United States are literally being “pre-poisoned” with harmful insecticides that are having a nightmarish impact on the environment. And most of our politicians will never do anything about this because they are being showered with campaign donations by the companies that are doing the poisoning. So millions upon millions of pounds of neonicotinoids will continue to be used every single year, and most Americans will never have any idea what these insecticides are doing to the world around them.
On Wednesday, Tucker Carlson delivered his first monologue since leaving Fox News.
In that monologue, he pointed out that some of the most important issues of our day are rarely or never debated on television…
According to Carlson, one of the things one notices when one takes a little ‘time off’ is “how unbelievably stupid most of the debates you see on television are. They’re completely irrelevant. They mean nothing.
“In five years we won’t even remember that we had them… and yet, at the same time, the undeniably big topics – the ones that will define our future – get virtually no discussion at all. War, civil liberties, emerging science, demographic change, corporate power, natural resources. When was the last time you heard a legitimate debate about any of those issues?“
He is right.
Much of the chatter on television is complete nonsense.
So in this article I am going to try to address something that really matters.
If you are not familiar with neonicotinoids, this is how they are defined by Texas A&M…
Neonicotinoids are a new class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine. The name literally means “new nicotine-like insecticides”. Like nicotine, the neonicotinoids act on certain kinds of receptors in the nerve synapse. They are much more toxic to invertebrates, like insects, than they are to mammals, birds and other higher organisms.
One thing that has made neonicotinoid insecticides popular in pest control is their water solubility, which allows them to be applied to soil and be taken up by plants.
Today, many seeds that our farmers use actually come pre-coated with neonicotinoids.
I was greatly alarmed when I first learned that, and you should be greatly alarmed as well.
Our crops are literally pre-poisoned before they even sprout.
After seeing the impact that neonicotinoids had on the environment, Europe banned them.
But they are still legal here in the United States even though they have been blamed for killing bees on an absolutely massive scale…
Since the introduction of systemic neonicotinoid pesticides, both honey bees and wild, native pollinators have experienced ongoing catastrophic declines. In some years, such as the 2015-2016 season, beekeepers experienced an average of 44% colony loss, with some beekeepers losing their entire business. The scientific literature shows that the use of these chemicals results in exposed pollinators suffering impaired foraging, navigational, and learning behaviour, as well as increased susceptibility to mites and pathogens. This threatens the sustainability of the global food supply, particularly nutrient dense fruiting foods that depend on bees and other pollinators. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, of the 100 crop species that provide 90% of global food, 71 are pollinated by bees.
Of course it isn’t just bees that are dying.
According to an incredible article that has just been published by The Intercept, countless other species have been hit really hard as well…
Honeybees have captured almost all the attention for the dangers of neonics, but they are hardly the only species in decline because of the chemical. Studies have tied neonics to the disappearance of native bees, butterflies, mayflies, dragonflies, amphipods, and a range of waterborne insects, as well as earthworms and other insect invertebrates. Several species of bumblebees in the U.S. and Europe are approaching extinction, a die-off researchers say is tied to the use of neonics and other pesticides.
In September, a study released in the academic journal Science revealed that migrating songbirds suffered immediate weight loss following the consumption of only one or two seeds treated with neonics. Previous research had linked disappearing insect life to dwindling food sources for birds in the Netherlands, but the Science study provided the evidence that bird species were directly affected by the chemical.
Another groundbreaking study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports showed that neonics are likely causing serious birth defects in white-tailed deer, the first time research has shown that the chemical compound could endanger large mammals.
Because these insecticides are so widely used, there is literally no escaping them.
In fact, neonicotinoids have been found in streams, rivers and drinking water systems all over the world…
Millions of pounds of the chemical are applied to 140 commercial crops every year. In the U.S., nearly all field-planted corn and two-thirds of soybean use neonic-coated seeds. The chemical is found in soil samples from coast to coast, in waterways and in drinking water. Neonics, which are water soluble, have been detected in the American River in California, the River Waveney in England, tap water in Iowa City, and hundreds of other streams and rivers across the world. In Brazil last year, after President Jair Bolsonaro’s government approved dozens of new pesticides, the use of neonics caused the death of more than 500 million bees across the country.
In August, a study published in peer-reviewed journal PLOS One found that the American landscape has become 48 times more toxic to insects since the 1990s, a shift largely fuelled by the rising application of neonics.
This is the kind of issue that our politicians should be talking about.
But they aren’t.
Instead, the giant agricultural companies are assuring us that the food that has been saturated with these poisons is perfectly safe for us to eat.
As I detailed extensively in End Times, we are literally killing ourselves and everything around us.
Given enough time, humanity would not survive.
We are steamrolling down a road that leads to societal suicide, and we desperately need help.
But most people don’t realize what is being done to them, and so they don’t even understand that they should be extremely upset about what these evil corporations are doing to our planet.
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