The Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the impact of systemic pesticides on biodiversity and ecosystems
The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, a group of European scientists created in 2009, has published the single most comprehensive study of neonics, Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the impact of systemic pesticides on biodiversity and ecosystems (WAI). The WAI has examined over 800 scientific studies carried out in the last five years, including those sponsored by industry. Some aspects of this analysis have been broadly acknowledged (e.g. risks to honeybees), but some have not (e.g. risks to birds, earthworms, other pollinators and aquatic invertebrates). Relatively few studies have specifically focused on biodiversity and ecosystem impacts and this analysis moves understanding forward in a much more holistic and extensive way.
(Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, 17/06/2014)
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