First evidence of popular farm pesticides in drinking water

First evidence found of popular farm pesticides in drinking water

Of the many pesticides that American farmers have embraced in their war on bugs, neonicotinoids are among the most popular. One of them, called imidacloprid, is among the world’s best-selling insecticides, boasting sales of over $1 billion a year. But with their widespread use comes a notorious reputation — that neonics, as they are nicknamed, are a bee killer.

A 2016 study suggested a link between neonicotinoid use and … [more…]