Opinion: Silent cost of global growing


Opinion: Silent cost of global growing

Our appetite for year-'round vegetables and grains is killing our songbirds with pesticides. In Latin America, pesticide use, much of it banned in U.S., is up fivefold since the '80s; one application can kill seven to 25 songbirds per acre. Fruits, vegetables from Latin America are three times as likely to violate EPA standards for pesticide residues as the same foods grown in U.S. Best bird-safe buys? Organic coffee, bananas, and nothing imported from Latin America that's not organic.

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Tags: American Bird Conservancy, Audubon Society, bell peppers, bobolinks, Bolivia, carbofuran, cholinesterase, Class I toxins, Ecuador, green beans, Guatemala, Honduras, melons, methamidophos, monocrotophos, North American Breeding Bird Survey, Ontario, Rosalind Renfrew, Silence of the Songbirds, skunk blackbirds, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, strawberries, Swainson's hawks, tomatoes, Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Woodbridge, World Health Organization, York University in Toronto

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