[Marxism] Farm Rot is Eating America Alive - CounterPunch.org

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Aug 12 06:08:25 MDT 2019

A peer-reviewed studypublished August 6, 2019, revealed that American 
agriculture is now about 50 times more deleterious to insects than it 
was 25 years ago. The second terrible truth is that neonicotinoid 
insect-killing chemicals account for 92 percent of the growing toxic 
wrath of land and farming.

These neonicotinoids were invented in Germany and introduced to farming 
in this country in the early 1990s. They are neurotoxins that confuse 
and kill honeybees and other insects in droves.

The dramatic decline of honeybees is probably and primarily because of 
the widespread use of these German nerve poisons. They are used all over 
America primarily in millions of acres of corn and soybeans. This is 
happening at a time when there’s an unprecedented in scope global 
decline and extinction of insects.

The authors of the study are warning that, given the toxification of the 
land and the near insect apocalypse it is bringing about, it’s not out 
of the question we could bring about a catastrophic ecosystem collapse.


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