- New Litagion agent profiles for four neonicotinoid pesticides: acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam
- A new theme summarizing CoMeta content related to neonicotinoids
- New blog content: "Recent pesticide approvals among targets of Biden's first executive orders"
- Updated Litagion agent and company profiles impacted by newly published peer-reviewed science and newly gathered company information
- Neonictinoids. Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides in the world. Chemically similar to nicotine, neonicotinoids are used to protect corn, soy, fruit trees, leafy vegetables, and many other crops from sucking, chewing, and soil-dwelling insects. Neonicotinoids are frequently applied to soil to kill insects directly. They are also absorbed by growing plants, providing additional protection against feeding insects. Seeds coated with neonicotinoids provide additional protection prior to planting. When first developed in the late 1980s, neonicotinoids were thought to be less toxic to birds and mammals than other commonly used insecticides such as organophosphates and carbamates. Beginning in the 2000s, though, a sharp decline in bee populations led scientists to explore a possible connection with neonicotinoids. Scientists are also investigating whether neonicotinoids are responsible for declines in songbird populations and whether human exposure leads to developmental harm.
- Acetamiprid. A member of the neonicotinoid family of insecticides.
- Clothianidin. A member of the neonicotinoid family of insecticides.
- Imidacloprid. A member of the neonicotinoid family of insecticides.
- Thiamethoxam. A member of the neonicotinoid family of insecticides.
Updated Litagion agent profiles based upon newly published science
All Litagion agent profiles have been updated to reflect the most recently published peer-reviewed science. Notable scientific studies added to CoMeta since the last release include:
- Bisphenol S (BPS). A study of patients with polycystic ovary syndrome found significantly higher levels of BPS in serum when compared to controls.
- Mercury. A meta-analysis using data from 14 studies found a significant association between mercury exposure and cardiovascular disease mortality.
In addition, we highlight the following changes to the components of Litagion agent risk resulting from newly published peer-reviewed science:
|Litagion agent||Risk category change||Overall risk change|
|Addictive Software Design||Projected science risk changes from Medium-high (orange) to High (red)||No change|
|Projected science risk changes from Medium (yellow) to Medium-high (orange)||Change from Medium-low (light green) to Medium (yellow)|