Neonics: The Toxic Truth

Pesticides kill bees, pollute water, and threaten our health.

A bee landing on a blooming purple flower

Dawn Marsh/USFWS

The world’s most widely used insecticides, neonicotinoids (neonics), are neurotoxic chemicals linked to massive bee losses, vast water and soil contamination, ecosystem-wide harms, and human health concerns. The neonic uses in the United States that pose the greatest threats—from coating corn and soybean seeds to spraying gardens and golf courses—provide little to no benefits to users or are easily replaceable with safer alternatives.

This fact sheet provides an overview of the growing body of alarming evidence, showing how the high costs of needless neonic uses far outweigh the rare and often nonexistent benefits. 

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