Bird decline ‘smoking gun’ for pesticide’s effects
By Matt McGrath, 9 July 2014
The widespread use of a type of insecticide that has been blamed for honeybee deaths is linked to a marked decline in bird numbers in Europe, a report says.
Imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid chemical, is widely used in agriculture to exterminate pests.
Dutch scientists say their data shows that the chemical is associated with a collapse in common bird species.
But manufacturers argue the evidence of these effects is not substantiated.
Imidacloprid is one of a number of neonicotinoid insecticides introduced in the 1990s as a more environmentally friendly way of dealing with crop pests.