In the USA, small traces of Neonicotinoid Pesticides, the world’s most widely used insecticides produced by Bayer-Monsanto, Sygenta, have been detected in tap water for the first time. However, drinking water treated using a different method of filtration, showed big reductions in neonic levels. ‘Samples from the University of Iowa treatment plant barely removed any of the three main neonic chemicals, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. Water taken from the Iowa City treatment facility removed 100%, 94% and 85% respectively, of these substances’, according to a new study from the US Geological Survey and the University of Iowa. Drinking water from the less effective system had 0.24 to 57.3 nanograms of individual neonicotinoids per litre, a very low concentration apparently but here are concerns about what those low levels might do from an exposure standpoint.

Neonicotinoid pesticides (nicotine-like class of insecticides) were introduced in the 1990’s and became the world’s most widely used insecticides. One reason why these insecticides are so popular in pest control is their water solubility so that they can easily be taken up by plants. Soil insecticide applications reduce the risks to flow away from the target site.

The pesticides are also linked to bee deaths, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and would be banned from all fields across Europe under draft regulations from the European Commission. The ban could be in place this year (2017) if the proposals are approved by a majority of EU member states. Bees and other pollinators are vital for many food crops but have been declining for decades due to habitat loss, disease and pesticide use.

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