Center for Food Safety (CFS) today congratulated Preferred Popcorn, a fully farmer-owned company, for its leadership in taking a bold step toward removing bee-toxic insecticides from their popcorn supply. The most widely used class of insecticides, neonicotinoids, are harmful to both bees and the broader environment. For the past year, CFS has been working with popcorn companies to phase out the use of neonicotinoid seed coatings in their supply chains. The strong commitment from Preferred includes “not [purchasing] any seed treated with neonicotinoids for the 2017 [planting] season” and an addition of certified organic popcorn to its product line. Preferred is the third company to commit to phasing out uses of neonicotinoid seed coatings.

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