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Prevalent Pesticide Linked to Bird Decline

Neonicotinoids may leave young barn swallows without enough food.

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News flash! Insecticides harm birds, according to a pioneering book published — oh, back in 1962. Silent Spring was biologist and writer Rachel Carson’s call to arms for the nascent environmental movement, and it led to bans on organochlorines like DDT. But, in a case of déjà vu all over again, scientists have now linked some of today’s most widely used pesticides — a class called neonicotinoids — to worrisome declines of farmland birds. Previous stu...
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