January 7, 2010 Environment 360 “In the past dozen years, three new diseases have decimated populations of amphibians, honeybees, and — most recently — bats. Increasingly, scientists suspect that low-level exposure to pesticides could be contributing to this rash of epidemics.”
With all the environmental problems swirling around us, this stunning article provides a glimpse into the possibility that exposures to pesticides, especially in low, sub-acute levels may be far more devastating than generally considered possible. While this article focuses upon the scientific theories that may explain the sudden and significant population declines of honeybees, birds, and bats, if systemic pesticides prove to be the predominant cause, this bodes ill for humans, as well—especially young children and developing fetuses.
Check out a related story Biodynamic Vineyard. Dr. Robert Gross talks about his experience as both a grape grower and a Psychiatrist, including his theories on the effects of low level exposure to chemicals on both human and animals.