by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:
Bayer uses the same insecticide that has been banned throughout the EU in one of their best selling flea and tick products, Advantix. They have no problem selling imidacloprid-containing insecticides to U.S. dog and cat owners, even though it has been linked to seizures in anecdotal accounts, and is certainly a neurotoxin which is not entirely safe for your favorite furry friend.
This product is brought to you by the same company that is happy to poison the planet in other ways, too – namely through the creation of neonicotinoid pesticides which coat about 90% of U.S. corn seeds and seeds of increasing portions of other major crops like soy. These chemicals have emerged as a likely trigger for colony collapse disorder, as evidenced again here in this NBC News report.
Imidacloprid is in the neonicotinoid class of insecticides. It is included in the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) scientific report, which identified “high acute risks” for bees as they are exposed via dust in several crops such as corn, cereals and sunflowers, to residues in pollen and nectar in crops like oilseed rape and sunflower and to guttation in corn.
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