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Controversial insecticide use rises as farmers douse seeds

Preventative neonicotinoid treatment could harm bees, other pollinating insects

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12:26pm, April 7, 2015
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GROWTH CHART  The amount of crop seeds coated in controversial insecticides has sprouted since the early 2000s.

Since the early 2000s, U.S. farmers have dramatically increased their use of controversial insecticides suspected of playing a role in the decline of pollinating insects, such as honeybees. Called neonicotinoids, these insecticides are a class of neuroactive chemicals similar to nicotine.  

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