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Neonicotinoid insecticides in New York State: economic benefits and risk to pollinators

In August 2018, with funding provided through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund to research potential adverse impacts of pesticides, such as neonicotinoids, Cornell began developing a risk-benefit analysis of neonicotinoid insecticide usage in New York State with the following three goals: 1) Estimate the pest control and plant protection benefits of neonicotinoid insecticides under current usage in New York, 2) Estimate the risk from neonicotinoids to pollinators, and 3) Evaluate the relative benefits and risks of likely neonicotinoid substitutes (i.e., other insecticides or pest control strategies) compared to neonicotinoids. This 432-page report summarizes the research undertaken to address those goals. Download the report here.

If you have questions regarding the report, please feel free to contact Scott McArt (Assistant Professor of Pollinator Health): To request an accommodation to access this PDF, please contact for assistance.