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Biodiversity at risk because we don’t assess the risk of pesticides properly

Pesticides are considered by many to have an important role in the continuing increase in agricultural production efficiency, and subsequent impacts on biodiversity, especially insect declines.  That is: The more we spray, the fewer insects are allowed to thrive.  There is also that bird populations are affected by pesticide use, and there are still cases of acute poisoning of birds, mammals and amphibians directly linked to pesticide usage.  However, we have a very large, expensive and complex risk-assessment process to ensure safety. So what is going wrong?



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