Neonicotinoids Affect Pollinators
Neonicotinoids, often nicknamed “neonics,” find widespread use in agriculture to safeguard crops against a range of pests. They also find applications in ornamental plants and as flea treatments for pets. Neonics function by disturbing the nervous systems of insects, effectively combating pests such as aphids, beetles, and whiteflies. Available in diverse forms like sprays, granules, and seed coatings, these pesticides enable plants to absorb them as they mature. While neonicotinoids have garnered significant attention for their impact on pollinators, such as bees, discussions have also revolved around their potential effects on human health.
Ongoing research is uncovering the health implications of neonic exposure, with concerns raised about their potential to harm the nervous system and potentially disrupt the endocrine system. Worries have emerged regarding their possible carcinogenic properties and their potential impact on the developing brains of fetuses and young children. Although human exposure levels from consuming treated crops are generally deemed low, it’s essential to address potential risks and explore alternatives that strike a balance between crop protection and human well-being, fueling critical discussions within the realms of agriculture and public health.