As Leonard Cohen famously sang, everybody knows.
Everybody, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), knows that neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees.
But here’s a part of the story you may have missed: Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta coat their GMO corn seeds with neonics, then charge farmers extra for them—even though studies show that neonic-coated seeds provide no real benefit to farmers.
Why do farmers pay extra for seeds that have no extra benefit? Because the biotech companies that have a monopoly on GMO seeds offer only neonic-coated seeds.
That’s not good for farmers. Or bees.
It’s also not good for humans, when neonics end up in our water and food.