Your Guide to Bee-Friendly Popcorn
Bet you didn’t know that most conventional popcorn seeds are coated in neonics before they are planted in the field?
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Neonics are the most widely used insecticides in the world. What makes them different from most pesticides is that they are systemic chemicals, meaning they disperse throughout the treated plant, rendering the whole plant toxic. Just as alarming, neonics are shown to last in the environment for years, harming species that the chemical was not designed to kill—like bees, butterflies, birds, and other helpful insects.
The largest single use of neonicotinoids is as a seed coating for annual field crops (like corn, soy, canola, and wheat). Researchers estimate that 79-100% of all corn seed grown in the United States is coated with one or more neonic chemical, and popcorn is no exception. To date, more than 4 million Americans have called on the government to take stronger actions to protect bees from toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids. You can vote with your dollars.