We are entering planting season in the US. Millions of acres of crops are being planned, with corn in particular being planned to cover 94 million acres, the most in 68 years. Nearly all of the seeds being planted have been treated with a pesticide from Bayer, the German chemical company.
Three separate studies link this chemical use to a phenomenon known as “colony collapse disorder”, which is killing off much of the bee population.
A recent Mother Jones article sums up the effects of this pesticide, and what it could mean for the future:
“And it’s not just corn. In addition to the vast corn crop mentioned above, Bayer’s neonics have worked their way into substantial portions of the soy, wheat, cotton, sorghum, and peanut seed markets. In 2010, according to research by the Pesticide Action Network of North America, at least 142 million total acres were planted in neonic-treated seeds—a trend that will continue if not increase in the 2012 growing season. That represents a landmass equal to the footprints of California and Washington State.”
Corn, soy, and cotton are some of the most highly polluted and pesticide-laden products there are, which is why it’s becoming more and more important to purchase organically. It is better not only for your health, but for the health of the world and the animals in it.
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