Is Monsanto Behind the Mysterious Honeybee Population Decline

BNelsonStarred Page By BNelson, 2nd Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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As of Summer 2012, there is still now known cause for the decline of the honeybee population, but some people are pointing fingers at Monsanto, and specifically at GMO crops.

Are Honeybees Going Extinct?

I noticed that this year I had only a few strawberries, and my daughter said "Well no wonder mom, it seems like there are no bees this year." She is right, and although we are in Canada there have been studies which note that in the last 25 years the honeybee population has fallen in the USA and the UK by as much as 50%. While some crops do not rely on honeybees for pollination, others such as Almonds, depend on them 100%.

You may be aware of the risks to the human population if bees die out (some people say humans will die out within 5 years of the honeybee extinction), however if we really want to save the bees we need to learn why they are dying so we can act to prevent this from even being tested.

Theories on Causes of Honeybee Population Decline

Right now scientists cannot agree on the cause of the bee decline and fingers are being pointed in every direction. Indeed it might not be just one thing, it might be the culmination of several factors. The most likely causes of honeybee decline are, cell phone towers, some unknown disease, pesticides, and GMO crops.

Are GMO Crops Killing Honeybees?

The public is largely unaware of is the suspected link between honeybee declines and GMO (genetically modified organism) crops, of which were engineered and regulated by Monsanto (they also make a lot of chemical herbicides, as well as other things).

Various studies suggest that GMO crops with terminator seeds (seeds that cannot reproduce) are a very likely cause of the decline in the honeybee populations. In these studies it was found that the digestive tracts of bees feeding on GMO crops contained hard material, and that their thoracic discs were spongy and discolored.

The study went so far as to suggest that the growing rate of colon cancer among humans was related to eating GMO crops and that they honeybees were possibly facing the same concerns.

The theory being that the pollen produced by these plants, as they were genetically engineered to be "Terminator" plants; ones that cannot reproduce, is somehow affecting the bees.

It is unlikely that Monsanto intended for its product to kill honeybees, but with profits to be made it is unlikely that they will try to do anything other than try to place the blame elsewhere as they continue to force farmers to buy from them. Note that Monsanto has been labeled as the world's least ethical company. They were once best known for being the makers of Agent Orange.

What Can you Do?

If you in any way believe that Monsanto's Terminator Seeds and GMO crops are linked o the decline of the honey bee you can stop supporting them as a company.

Do not buy pet food with by-products (they contain Ethoxyquin, a Monsanto product)

Do not buy GMO foods. Grow your own, or buy from local farmers markets, asking about the food you buy.

Plant flowers and fruit trees, things that bees love, and do not use pesticides in your yard.

Buy organic, avoid buying any food that was grown with any chemicals.

Do not buy or use "RoundUp", a Monsanto product.

Demand your food be labeled to show if it contains GMO or not.

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Bee, Bees, Colony, Crops, Decline, Environment, Genetic, Genetically, Gmo, Honeybee, Modified, Monstanto, Organism, Population, Soy

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
3rd Aug 2012 (#)

Just another reason to buy organic or to grow your own food. Good information to help save the bees.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Aug 2012 (#)

great page thank you...it would not surprise me at all knowing the evil that Monsanto doeth....

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author avatar A K Rao
3rd Aug 2012 (#)

That is a fantastic eye opener explaining the role of GMO crops and the decline of Hiney bee population! Thanks a lot for sharing dear Nelson!

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