Wildlife and people will suffer if the rapid rate of decline in the number of insects is not stemmed, says a new report
Insect Declines and Why They Matter, a new report commissioned by an alliance of wildlife trusts in the South West, has concluded that the rapid decline in insect numbers as a result of pesticides will have a devastating effect on both wildlife and people.
Invertebrate expert Dave Goulson, professor of biology at the University of Sussex, says: “Wild insects are routinely exposed to complex cocktails of toxins which can cause either death or disorientation and weakened immune and digestive systems. The consequences are clear; if insect declines are not halted, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems will collapse, with profound consequences for human well-being.”
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