UR Opinion

Disappearing Birds and Bees a Worry

David Goldstein

By David Goldstein

I have noticed that our flower garden, although replete with blooms, are missing bees. As you are aware, bees play an important part in our ecosystem, and without them plants requiring cross pollination such as most fruit trees, will not produce fruit. So what has happened? Why are there no more bees? It appears that chemical compounds coating seeds sold to farmers for corn, soy beans and other seeds, are the culprits. The compounds, called neonicotinoids, are poison to certain insects and as well, to birds. I also wondered why there are no longer golden finches, hummingbirds, cardinals and other birds about. Again, the said neonicotinoids are likely to blame. How is it that these compounds were allowed to be used without proper testing of the consequences of their use? Where are the safeguards that should have been in place. And what effects may these compounds have on humans? I am worried, and I think you ought to be too. We need answers now, before it is too late.

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