Are Insecticides Posing a Threat to Harmless Insects and Humans?

Insecticides Posing a Threat to Harmless Insects

Insecticides have been used for many years to get rid of insects that destroy our plants on the farm or garden. These insects eat the leaves, and other parts of the plants, making it impossible for the planted crops to survive.

Insecticides have been helpful, but are the insecticides killing other important insects?

Studies have shown that thousands of bees have been killed by insecticides that were sprayed on farms. The bees come in contact with the plants that have been treated with insecticides during the process of pollination.

Bees are important, as they help to promote the process of pollination. Also, bees have commercial value. They produce honey, which is one of the main exports in many parts of the world.

One of the insecticides that have been accurately identified as responsible for the death of bees is called Neonics. It is alarming to know that Neonics have been in use for so many years. We can only imagine the number of bees that have been eliminated from our ecosystem before the discovery that indicated Neonics was killing bees.

Neonics kill bees by attacking their nervous system, and the bees affected become paralysed and will eventually die.

Insecticides such as Imidacloprid are known to contain high amounts of Neonics. Unfortunately, this is one of the highest-selling insecticides on online retail platforms such as Amazon. The insecticide Imidacloprid sells online because it seemingly has a powerful effect that protects planted crops in the garden from harmful and destructive insects.

Neonics are approved for sale to the public in the United States and many other parts of the world, but many people don’t know about the dangers it poses.

Insecticides seemingly have no impact on human health, but the latest discoveries have been quite alarming. Significant traces of insecticides have been found in groundwater in some areas. This poses a threat to human health, because our water is sourced from the ground before purification.

The purification process for human drinking water is targeted at eliminating harmful bacteria and germs – but not insecticides.

The Need to Investigate Further

It is important to take these discoveries seriously. We do not know how long it has been happening, or the extent of damage that has been done. But, it is never too late to start making amends.

If it is proven that human health and other organisms in the environment can be generally affected by traces of insecticides found in groundwater and the atmosphere, swift action must be implemented to make changes.

Going forward, we cannot argue or deny the fact that insecticides are important to the owners of gardens and larger farms. However, a balance should be created. If it is proven that the use of these insecticides threatens human health and other insects, alternatives should be introduced with immediate effect.

Also, the regulatory agencies in charge of protecting the environment and preserving our ecosystem should take proactive steps to compel retail outlets to suspend the sale of the identified insecticides pending conclusive results about the issue.

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James Williams
James is our Lead Content Publisher here at Feeds Portal. He has worked with many top websites over the years, including BuzzFeed.

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