Neonics, the most widely used insecticides in the world, have been likened to the hazardous and now-banned pesticide DDT. The comparison was drawn after a group of scientists reviewed more than 800 papers about the chemicals and concluded that they are causing significant damage to animals such as honey bees, butterflies, earthworms, and birds. The study, named the Worldwide Integrated Assessment, describes how neonics act like a poison and cause instant death or long-term damage, including difficulty with eating and flight.
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