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POPPING UP TROUBLE

Pesticide seed coatings threaten bees.

Popping Up Trouble: Pesticide Seed Coatings Threaten Bees

January 19, 2016
Popping Up Trouble: Pesticide Seed Coatings Threaten Bees

For many Americans, popcorn ranks high on the list of snack favorites and has unquestionably become a movie theater staple. Since the 1990s, roughly 1 billion pounds of unpopped popcorn have been sold annually in the United States and Americans consume roughly 16 billion quarts of popped popcorn every year. But due to the soaring use of pesticide seed coatings, butter might not be the only thing coating this delicious snack.