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The rise of a common agricultural chemical has turned bees' environment into a minefield of deadly poison, says a new crop of research.
According to multiple new studies, a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids may be less benign that previously thought.
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In a study published this week in the journal PLOS One by pesticide, toxicity, and biology researchers in the U.S., the scientists highlight the dramatic rise of the chemical pesticide since 2004 and its potential to adversely affect pollinators like bees.
According to them, not only has the incidence of neonicotinoids exploded in the U.S. over the last decade, but the 'toxicity loading' -- a method they use to determine its harmful effects on bees -- is also drastically higher.
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Oral and contact toxicity loading, they say, has increased by 48 times over the last two decades.
One applied to crops, the researchers found that the chemicals also tend to stick around for much longer than other pesticides used in the past called organophosphates.
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The chemicals, while less harmful to humans, stay in environments for weeks longer than organophosphates making the likelihood that a bee might encounter them much higher.
Neonicotinoids are also cheaper than their predecessors which, as noted by Mother Jones, has lead to their widespread adoption be farmers.
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