Are neonicotinoids dangerous for humans?

Conventional wisdom about neonics is that they affect the neurology of arthropods, but are relatively safe for mammals. New research is turning this convention on it’s head, showing that exposure to the pesticides can affect brain development in rodents. Symptoms included “brain shrinkage, weight loss and reduced movement.” Perhaps the potential risks to humans (and remember, many seeds are coated with neonicotinoids and they become a systemic pesticide expressed throughout the plant, even the parts we consume) might help us sympathize with the bees.

For the full story, check out the BBC science and environment site.

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