Here, I relate what the journalist said in his article “Les insecticides néonicotinoïdes tueurs d’abeilles… et d’humains ?”. All quotes, originally in French, were translated by me.
A review of literature published on February 2 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives examines the effect of NNIs on human health. It reports “’associations with unfavorable developmental or neurological consequences’: increased risk of autism, memory disorders and tremors, a congenital malformation of the heart (called“ tetralogy of Fallot”), as well as ‘another serious birth defect, anencephaly (partial or complete absence of the brain and skull at birth).”
Melissa Perry and her co-authors “insist that these suspicions are only indicative” and point out that their main message would be to draw attention to the lack of data on the subject (Cimino et al. 2017). This would be all the more problematic if NNIs persist in the environment and are diffused in the environment. Thus, Delphine Batho highlights: “Imidacloprid is one of the 15 most frequently detected substances in waterways, whereas it was in 50th place less than ten years ago”.