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Imidacloprid is a relatively new pesticide, and most of the studies that have been done on it have associations with the manufacturer or its supporters. Some independent studies done in France show negative results, contradictory to results of the majority of studies. It is a nerve toxin which is moderately toxic to humans, highly toxic to aquatic invertebrates, and toxic to birds and bees. It has been shown to cause changes in human chromosomes. There has been documented insect resistance to imidacloprid. It is also a potential groundwater contaminant.

Beekeepers have launched major demonstrations against this bee-killing poison. They have called imidacloprid the end of beekeeping, describe it as a killer of earthworms, and pose questions about its effects on the balance of nature.

Letter from UNAF (French Beekeepers Assn.) testifying to serious problems with imidacloprid.

French government paper about problems with imidacloprid (English translation to follow soon):
cover sheet
"general conclusions"



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