Many seeds in the U.S. come precoated with neonicotinoids, one of the most common insecticides in the world.

The chemicals are at the heart of what many are calling the “insect apocalypse.”

They make the landscape toxic to bees, butterflies, birds, and potentially even large mammals.

That’s why Europe banned the insecticides.

But in the United States, documents reveal, a sophisticated information war kept them on the market.

The Playbook for Poisoning the Earth

Illustration: Marcos Chin for The Intercept