Yes, poisons kill, and they kill more than just their intended “target”
So it is little surprise to read of another report condemning pesticides in The Independent
“There are mounting fears around the world that the growing use of “neonicotinoid” pesticides, which work by poisoning the nervous system of insects, could explain why bees and other pollinating insects are in such dramatic decline in Britain, Europe and the United States, where the insecticide is widely used. … From the chief scientific adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) [in the UK] ….
Neonicotinoids, which provide a £500m-a-year business for Bayer, the German chemical giant, contain compounds which do not simply sit on the surface of a plant, but are taken up into every part of it, including the pollen and nectar, where they can be absorbed by foraging bees and other pollinating insects, even though they are not the insecticide’s target species. Their use has been banned or restricted in France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia.
The concerns have been greatly heightened by two independent studies, which have recently found that neonicotinoids can significantly weaken honeybees and make them more prone to lethal infections.”