NEONICOTINOIDS & ENVIRONMENT: WHAT SCIENCE SAYS

Biodiversity is not only a townsman ideal with colorful flowers and a countryside with fallow fields with a few animals grazing here and there. Biodiversity is mostly a series of incredible services provided by nature and that benefit human daily through its agriculture. Pollination, cleaning water, soil and air, waste decomposition, climate regulation… in total, scientists amounted to 3,000 billion dollars the annual value of services provided by the ecosystem.

But today, this balance is threatened. Not only by the land consolidation, uprooting of hedges and profound change in the natural habitat of thousands of species to promote intensive agriculture, but more importantly and more profoundly by the widespread and systematic use of pesticides from the neonicotinoids family.

If they are used in a foliar (aerial application) or systemic (coating of the seed) way, they permanently pollute water and soil. They wreak havoc on non-target invertebrate populations (bees, ladybugs and beetles, freshwater molluscs, worms…) but are also a serious threat to mammals, fish and birds, which if they don’t immediately die from contact with neonicotinoids suffer impaired immunity, malnutrition, reproductive disorders and loss of cognitive capacity.

Recommendation: actual and total ban of neonicotinoid pesticides 

  • The findings in this study are clear: the neonicotinoid pesticides pose an unprecedented threat to biodiversity and thus for the future of agriculture and environmental sustainability. European authorities in charge of the validation of substances put on the market in Europe must immediately pronounce their total ban, and refuse to compromise: the danger is too serious. We have to go to an agriculture, which is more respectful of the biodiversity on which it depends
  • The majority of services provided by nature for agriculture is irreplaceable, despite the efforts of the agrochemical industry to manufacture bee drones or new chemicals to clean water contaminated with their previous chemicals…
  • We must rethink intensive agriculture and deal with the many scientific studies and farming initiatives which prove that we can keep the same crop yields while respecting nature.


.Neonicotinoids and environment – what science says:



Deterioration of ecosystems


Indirect effects of neonicotinoids on ecosystems


Direct toxicity to vertebrates