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Neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been increasingly blamed for the collapse of bee populations, may also impact human's developing nervous system, according to a review of research by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
The finding is based on recent research
published in PLoS ONE (Imaging
of an Inflammatory Injury in the Newborn Rat Brain with
Photoacoustic Tomography) where scientists found that
newborn rats exposed to the chemicals experienced movement issues,
shrinking brains, reactionary problems, and weight loss.
However, the recommendation still has to be accepted by the European Commission.
Europe has recently installed a two-year partial ban on three neonicotinoids:
...due to research linking the pesticides to the collapse in bee colonies and other pollinators.
Scientists have found that while the pesticides don't kill bees outright, they impact their nervous systems, altering behavior to such an extent that eventually whole colonies collapse.
However, neonicotinoid companies, Bayer
and Syngenta, are suing to halt the ban. They argue that the science
isn't conclusive and that banning neonicotinoid will push farmers to
use older pesticides, which have their own detrimental impacts.
To date, only Europe has installed even
a partial ban on the chemicals.