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Study: Top Insecticide is Devastating Aquatic Insects, Threatening Environmental Stability

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Saturday 4 May 2013
The research, published in the journal PLOS One and performed by Dutch researchers from Utrecht University, details the methods in which the dangerous insecticide can ravage the wildlife population by tracking its journey from farmland to stomach.
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The European Union recently announced that it was taking action against neonicotinoid pesticides after research linked the usage of the insecticides to bee deaths and subsequent environmental implications, but a newly released study says that the top insecticide is damaging more than just bees.

In addition to calling for swifter and greater action on behalf of the EU commission that has declared a 2 year restriction on neonicotinoids found in pesticides, which the new study authors actually allows for around 20,000 tons of bug repellent chemical to be used for livestock bug repellent, Dr Jeroen van der Sluijs of the Utrecht University says that allowing aquatic insects like snails and dragonflies to die at record numbers will ultimately challenge environmental stability at large through an assault on the food chain.

The research, published in the journal PLOS One and performed by Dutch researchers from Utrecht University, details the methods in which the dangerous insecticide can ravage the wildlife population by tracking its journey from farmland to stomach.

It all starts with the application of the insecticide onto crops, or in some cases use as a bug repellent for livestock and pets (which is a truly horrible idea). Even the ditch water found in fields treated with the insecticide was found to be an effective pesticide. In other words, the concerning insecticide is still powerful in eliminating insects even after a significant amount of dilution. As research head Dr Jeroen van der Sluijs explained:

“We are risking far too much to combat a few insect pests that might threaten agriculture. The pollution was so bad in some places that the ditch water in fields could have been used as an effective pesticide.”

He went on to call for immediate action, after explaining how the insecticide is simply not worth the environmental complications at large to fight off insects from crops and livestock. He said:

“This substance should be phased out internationally as soon as possible.”

The timing of the study is powerful in the sense that it could help drive further legislation to combat the usage of such insecticides amid the recently announced EU ban. That said, the findings of the research are truly concerning as it documents the journey of the insecticide from the field to an animal such as a bird. It’s important to understand that right now the insecticide is killing insects like snails and dragonflies, but when they are consumed by birds or other animals it ultimately affects them as well.

That is why the usage of dangerous chemical substances really compounds into a domino effect of sorts, one that will also lead back to humans in a very big way — even greater than the fact that humans are consuming crops drenched in this insecticide.



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ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

The chemical companies that

The chemical companies that produce these poisons have only one thing in mind.
To make profit. They do everything possible to convince Gov'ts and people that their chemicals are safe. Howver here is the truth, non of these big corporations can give a sh''''it about the ultimate effect these chemicals
cause to all life on earth. They will payoff anybody: scientist, politican to give their chemical traps the stamp of approval. They know what they are doing and are good at it. I guess that it will take virtually the ruin of our planet to awaken the dismal overworked human populations to begin their fight for survival.

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This is the whole philosophy

This is the whole philosophy of the western Europeans and their descendents around the world, kill, kill, kill. And it's worked since the last ice age, the idea that anything not human is to be mangled and killed has brought fabulous success, even god-hood, to the whites. But, in the past 70 years (a flash in the chronological pan compared to 10,000 years) it has just begun to actually threaten human people. Yes, we will probably live for a while if all the bugs are dead. Yes, we will probably live if the North Pole ice all melts. But, it's coming to an end, whitey, all these things are bringing us closer to ultimate disaster. Apparently the main mass of South Pole ice is not melting, apparently we may have a lot of oil and natural gas if we're willing to pay more. Under environmental constrictions of the availability of oil the economy of the world has taken a big hit, BUT, apparently the government is adjusting the economy to higher oil prices, and the economy is recovering. Is there nothing mankind cannot do and yet survive in style? I like Nature. I like the Starlings, Robin, and Deer around our house. I like the Hawk and Owl hunting for mice in the field in front of my smoking area. I like the trees and weeds. Get wise, human, you're reaching the limits of what you can kill and still skate by......!

Pesticides kill the

Pesticides kill the unprepared targets - some of which are in fact beneficial - not to mention innocent and beneficial predator species up the food chain - and serve mainly to clear the way for ornery mutant resistant strains. Yet - 50 years after publication of 'Silent Spring' - these common-sense basics are still largely ''news' to governments and other promoters of the toxic My Lai approach to environment: 'kill it in order to 'save' it'.

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