FAST FIVE: North America's Bird Population Is Collapsing – Nearly 3 Billion Wiped Out Since 1970
Overall, we are talking about a total decline of approximately 30 percent- “We saw this tremendous net loss across the entire bird community,” says Ken Rosenberg, an applied conservation scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y.
Two of the largest factors being blamed for this stunning decline are “toxic pesticides” and “insect decline”. We have already talked about the “insect apocalypse” which is raging all around us, but I should say a few words about pesticides. Yes, they may help to protect our crops and our lawns, but in the process we are literally poisoning everything.
And that includes ourselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “there are traces of 29 different pesticides in the average American's body”, and many believe that this is one of the reasons why cancer rates have skyrocketed in recent decades.
Without a doubt, several of the big pesticide companies are some of the most evil corporations on the entire planet, and yet most Americans don't really seem to care about the death and destruction that they have unleashed all around us.
“We're now seeing common species that have declined, things like red-winged blackbirds and grackles and meadowlarks – species that I grew up with, that were very common when I was a kid.