NEONICOTINOIDS are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically related to nicotine. The neonicotinoid imidacloprid is currently the most widely used insecticide in the world. Recently this insecticide has been banned in some countries due to evidence of a connection to honey-bee colony collapse disorder.
The article “Subtle Poison” in the Economist highlights the issue of this pesticide and the organisation Avaaz has an article and petition to save the bees and secure our food system.