Canadian study asserts common insecticides harming songbirds

Kelsey R. Marquart for Futurism
November 13, 2017
By Kelsey R. Marquart for Futurism
Canadian study asserts common insecticides harming songbirds
Photo courtesy of Ray Hennessy via UnSplash
Two of the most commonly used insecticides around the world are imidacloprid (neonicotinoid) and chlorpyrifos (organophosphate). In a new paper, published in the journal Scientific Reports, they have been found to be toxic to seed-eating songbirds, even affecting their migration. 

University of Saskatchewan biology professor Christy Morrissey stated in a press release, “Studies on the risks of neonicotinoids have often focused on bees that have been experiencing population declines. However, it is not just bees that are being affected by these insecticides.” | READ MORE


+1 #1 David Kiefer 2017-11-16 10:57
I use very little pesticide on my farm maybe only once in last six years and then only on 25% of my acres
I hate to use the stuff but will if I feel it’s needed
I would like to know how long these birds were in captivity to do this study and whether that affected their migration
And under captivity were they also given non treated seeds too. In nature they may have a choice as usually spray hits leaves more than seeds directly. Were they fed insects or worms that has eaten treated plants or just treated seeds.
Lots of variables that could change the outcome of such an important study that could have drastic results on agriculture. I am in favour of research on these matters but also want a fair study bone before making bans on products that affect agriculture.

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