"The neonicotinoids investigated in the two Science papers are used on crops such as cereals".
In the demand for more food by getting rid of crop destroying pests with chemicals, they have inadvertently started killing species needed for crop growth, the bees. In addition, they are killing those invisible organisms in the soil that are needed for proper soil health.
All from the miss-guided idea that technology in the form of chemistry can alleviate the increasing demands of overpopulation far into overshoot past what the land can naturally sustain without harm.
This poisoning of soils and killing of beneficial organisms in the attempt to increase yields, does the opposite. Using up all the soils' organics without replacement(30% at ZERO organics! and only growing from oil derived chemicals), salinizing soil from river irrigation to get those yields 6 times dry farming, and doing the same by draining aquifers to zero for the very long term (US Ogallala GONE by 2040!). Then we have climate fluctuation causing rapidly increasing crop failures from early or late frosts, flooding or drought.
Still, the pipe dreamers who think science will come to the rescue and feed the overshoot so it won't fall down. Rots o' ruck!!
"With every decision, think seven generations ahead of the consequences of your actions" Ute rule of life.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”
― Chief Seattle