“One-Third of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter, Threatening Food Supply”

# By Brandon Keim
# 05.08.13
# 6:30 AM Wired
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/05/winter-honeybee-losses/

“Amidst the uncertainties, scientific attention has settled on a group of culprits, the most high-profile of which is a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. These were developed in the 1990s, rushed to market with minimal studies of potential harms, and subsequently became the world’s most-used pesticides.”
Neonicotinoids (wiki):
“Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically related to nicotine. The development of this class of insecticides began with work in the 1980s by Shell and the 1990s by Bayer.[1] The neonicotinoids were developed in large part because they show reduced toxicity compared to previously used organophosphate and carbamate insecticides. Most neonicotinoids show much lower toxicity in mammals than insects, but some breakdown products are toxic.[2] Neonicotinoids are the first new class of insecticides introduced in the last 50 years, and the neonicotinoid imidacloprid is currently the most widely used insecticide in the world.[3]”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neonicotinoid

The Green Revolution:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Revolution#Agricultural_production_and_food_security

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