Monday, November 4, 2019

Birds dying due to pesticides

Annie Kin (, 9/16/19); Crystal Quintero, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
When 1,101 bird nests were analyzed in 2019, most contained banned DDT (SOS Mezen).
Dead bird nests contain 36 different pesticides, including DDT
A dead tit (newborn bird) is toxic.
In Brussels and Florence, people began to express concern over the rising finds of dead newborn birds (tits) in their nests.

When concerned people notified the bird conservation association Vogelbescherming Vlaanderen and the ecological gardening association Velt, they began a crowd-funded investigation.

Over 1,000 people sent in dead tits and nests, which were analyzed and a report was published with shocking results. “We found a total of 36 different pesticides in 95 mesh nests,” Geert Gommers, a pesticide expert, said in a statement.

REPORT: The birds’ nests revealed traces of 36 different fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and biocides.

The alarm came when they found traces of DDT, an insecticide banned since 1974, in 89 of the 95 nests examined. “That DDT is still present in our environment after all this time is worrying,” the statement read. More

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