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Applied pesticide toxicity shifts toward plants and invertebrates, even in GM crops

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Science  02 Apr 2021:
Vol. 372, Issue 6537, pp. 81-84
DOI: 10.1126/science.abe1148

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A shifting burden

In 1962, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was published, and the world was forced to take notice of the unintended impacts of pesticides on wildlife. Since then, there has been a perceived reduction in the amount of pesticides used and a shift in the kinds of pesticides available. Schulz et al. looked at the type, amount, and toxicity of pesticides applied over the last 25 years. They found that despite decreasing total amounts applied and decreased impacts on vertebrates, toxicity—in particular to insects and aquatic invertebrates—has increased substantially.

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