Take the Neonics Challenge

Neonics are the most common pesticides in use worldwide today. As a citizen of Earth—where the human population has doubled over the last 50 years but arable land has increased by only 10%—you're probably wondering how much neonics have increased global food production. Evidently, there's no way of knowing. Google neonics, search the scientific literature, peruse the U.N.'s latest assault on "the agrochemical oligopoly." You'll find endless posts on neonics' alleged impact on bees and human health, but only anecdotal evidence on, say, how the 2013 Euro ban on neonics has devastated crop yields. If, as the U.N. claims, neonics are unnecessary to achieve global food security, where's the evidence?