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February 28, 2018 - Mother Jones

These Popular Pesticides Are Really Bad for the Birds and the Bees

These Popular Pesticides Are Really Bad for the Birds and the Bees

As spring approaches, US farmers are gearing up to plant about 180 million acres in corn and soybeans—a combined land mass nearly twice the size of California, mostly in the Midwest. The great majority of the seeds they sow will be coated with neonicotinoid pesticides: synthetic chemicals thought to be harmless to humans but that attack bugs’ central nervous systems—and, as new research shows, hinder birds’ navigation abilities.

GruntVegan: Current industrial and factory farming practices rely heavily on grain, particularly corn and soybeans. Corn and soy are used as a base for animal feed because they are cheap due to US government subsidies and because these protein-rich grains help carnists grow these animals faster.

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