Bee-killing pesticides may also harm human brain development
Earlier this year, the European Union put a two-year moratorium on a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, believed to be a cause of the massive die-off threatening the world's honey bee populations.
It turns out, the pesticides aren't just dangerous for bees. New research suggests they "may adversely affect the development of neurons and brain structures associated with functions such as learning and memory," the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced Tuesday. In response, the EFSA is recommending that maximum exposure levels be lowered until further research can be done.
The research highlights the health risks of two chemicals: acetamiprid and imidacloprid, the latter of which is produced by Bayer. The Guardian describes the findings: