Dangers of Neonicotinoids
Neonicotinoids, often called neonics, are a type of pesticide that makes the entire plant poisonous to pollinators, wildlife and humans.
Neonicotinoids include clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam
Others: Flupyradifurone, Cyantraniliprole
Neonics are “systemic,” they enter all parts of the plant so that the plant itself becomes toxic.
Neonics contaminate and persist in soil, air, water—killing creatures that live in the ground, killing fresh-water fish, contaminating the air we breathe.
Neonics are pervasive in the environment: they’re used in agriculture but also in lawns, home gardens, pet products, and commercial landscaping; plants in nurseries are often treated with them.
Neonics are banned with limitations in EU, completely in France, and Canada is moving to ban them. U.S. EPA has recently re-approved their use.
New York State has announced a five year moratorium on neonics, but that doesn’t include neonic-treated seeds for agriculture; legislators are working on actual legislation to limit their use.
A report by Cornell University Extension Service indicates that use of neonic-treated seeds has no beneficial impact on farmers and that safer alternatives are available for plant nurseries.