U.S. Fish and Wildlife estimates that 672 million birds are exposed to agricultural pesticides annually in his country. 67 million die immediately, the longer-term effects are unstudied.
Most bird seed companies use pesticides and preservatives on their products. That means wildlife in their growing areas are affected, as are the songbirds at backyard feeders.
Feeding birds is itself a questionable practice, but at least feeding them organic seed helps safeguard them (and the cats that eat them) from pesticides, and creates a demand for more organic seed.
Don’t be fooled by the “all-natural” label, nor by recommendations from Audubon and Cornell. As with human food, if it doesn’t say “organic”, you can bet your (wild)life it isn’t.
Some pet owners are already feeding organic food to their pets (others can’t understand why dogs and cats are so cancer-prone these days). What if the same care were taken when feeding wild birds? How about asking local stores to carry organic seeds, such as Harrison’s Wild Wings, and other organic pet and livestock feed?
Where better than here to make the shift from killing the wildlife we love to ensuring their healthy lives? Where better to create the same demand for organics for them as we enjoy for ourselves?