Over 30 Million Bees Found Dead In Elmwood Canada


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beeeeeeShortly after 50,000 bees were found dead in an Oregon parking lot (read more here), a staggering 37 million bees have been found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada. Dave Schuit, who runs a honey operation in Elmwood has lost 600 hives. He is pointing the finger at the insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which are manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. This also comes after a recent report released by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) that recorded its largest loss of honeybees ever. You can read more about that here.  The European Union has stepped forward, having banned multiple pesticides that have been linked to killing millions of bees. You can view the studies and read more about that here.

The loss comes after the planting of corn. Neonicotinoid pesticides are used to coat corn seed with air seeders. This results in having the pesticide dust blown into the air when planted. The death of millions of pollinators was studied by Purdue University. They discovered that Bees exhibited neurotoxic symptoms. They analyzed dead bees and found that traces of thiamethoxam/clothiandin were present in each case. The only major source of these compounds are seed treatments of field crops. You can view that study here (1).

Bee deaths are increasing exponentially. An international team of scientists led by Holland’s Utrecht University has concluded that, “large scale prophylaxic use in agriculture, their high persistence in soil and water, and their uptake by plants and translocation to flowers, neonicotinoids put pollinators at risk. This is some of the research that led to the European Unions ban of the pesticides, as mentioned and referenced earlier.

Can we really debate this much longer? The evidence linking pesticides to bee deaths is overwhelming. It’s not only bees, but an array of other insects as well. The last thing we need is more events to occur that companies can use to push the manufacturing and development or more genetically modified foods. One reason that has been used for justification of GMO’s is a food shortage, and we all know how critical bees are to our food supply. There is a huge conflict of interest here, the pesticides used to spray the crops that are killing the bees are developed by biotech corporations such as Monsanto.

Time to make the connections, time to speak up!

Sources:

http://www.thepost.on.ca/2013/06/19/bees-dying-by-the-millions

(1) http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publications/E-53.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3250423/?tool=pubmed

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature11585.html


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  1. Gavin Alexander

    We don’t have a food shortage.

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    • eat it

      What a dumb ass… we dont have a shortage of poisoned GMO food. but we do have a shortage of REAL ORGANIC non chemically produced food.

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    • tlssmithen

      really have u been to oreogn in the small communitys where people are hungry and noooooooooooooooo work yes we do, hav a food shortage, maybe u dont,,,,

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    • Lynette

      I think the point is that without plants being pollinated there won’t be a crop the next year. Pollination is not just for making honey. And if this insecticide is killing bees, what is it doing to children’s fragile neurological pathways? Bees are just the first visible large scale results of ingesting these polsons.

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    • Janet

      You must be a Republican because you have no concept of long-term damage. The food shortage doesn’t happen overnight but it WILL happen. Almost every food crop depends at least in part on bees. Some depend 100%. Maybe you should try learning some ACTUAL FACTS.

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    • lisa

      Why do we keep importing food then?

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    • Hi Gavin,

      No shortage YET…but once there ´ll be no Bees left, Humans will ALL starve to death within, let´s say, 6 months.
      No Bees –> no pollination –> no Plant-produce (AND, in many cases, no seeds for the next seeding-season) –> no food for Humans & many animals.

      Sorry for the bad news, but it´s time to take our responsability as consumers, and as Humans: these producers are companies that have quite different agendas than they want us to believe, and they have power (= enough money to make ´democracy´ work for them).

      Love to the solution,

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    • eleighs

      Depends on what one calls “food”. GMO agriculture isn’t food. And it is driving away real food.

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    • ddsue

      no.. there is plenty of POISONOUS food to go around.. Why dont you just have it all for yourself~

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    • Not at this minute – but what do you suggest to avoid one ? Ban having children or eithenasia ?

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    • Russ Klettke

      Keep telling yourself that. Ignore the many parts of the world where all kinds of climate shifts are leading to water shortages, forced migrations and yes, food insecurity and actual starvation. And never mind the consequences of the loss of pollinators (what this article is about) You’re too busy in rile over what Fox News or American Idol tells you to search out “information.”

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    • lauri norton

      O Please can”t we humans just stop with the chemicals? All chemicals have far more negative effects than useful. Can humans admit their ignorance and shortsightedness and GREED and just stop? Will we go extinct before or after the bees?

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    • Apart from all the starving people around the world, you’re correct.

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    • stacia

      not yet we dont but if you know anything about monsanto this does seem like a future strategic move to push to where we have no choice but abide by monsantos bullshit and nobody wants that.

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      • I am a beekeeper here in Australia, and all I can say the Government has it’s head buried in the sand and does not believe that the death of the bees would be worse that global warming, the usa purchase bees from Australia to pollinate there Almond crops in sunny California…. and Vorroa Destructor decemated a whole beeyard and plus the spraying of crops caused Colony Collapse disorder with neally every beesite in other country in the world exept Australia combating the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, could you imagine a world without bees, I coudn’t, as mankind will perish, be very afraid!!

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    • walter

      well we have to stop killing bees they are our source of food with out them we are finesh

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    • DeAnna

      Yet. It won’t take but 2 or 3 seasons for us to be in a world panic if this keeps up.

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    • We have a “real, good for you edible food” shortage.

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    • Ziggy

      True. The amount of food being produced now is enough so that no one should go hungry. The problem is distribution (money and fuel) and of politics.

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    • torybrinkle

      Until the majority stops insisting on pretty vegetables we will have to be continuously poisoned. People want lettuce with perfect leaves, broccoli with no bugs etc. Glad we home garden, freeze & can our own. You are your own worst enemy!

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    • Robert

      Because 20% of population (west world), is consuming 80% of what the world produces.
      If we stopped importing food, we’d have a food shortage.

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      • Ican Fixit

        We the west consume a lot of what the world produces but not necessarily food products. We have been the bread basket of the world for nearly a century. We have exported grains to nearly every country on the planet. Otherwise they would have starved. Why do you think we put our missile silos in the mid west? No one wants to destroy their food supply.

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    • Vicki

      Yepp if the would open up the water so that it would flow back into the San Joaquin valley the farmers could once again feed the world with “SAFE” fresh food. Look at how many deaths have occurred since we have been importing food from both Mexico and China

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    • robin

      the shortage we have is of clean food

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      • Dean Phillips

        agreed clean food at an economical price. We can purchase garbage for cheap. or clean food for a high price it is very sad.

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    • Chris

      You are idiots if you think we are not heading for a food crisis. We are overpopulating the world at an exponential rate with stupid humans and I would love to hear where people think we are going to start getting our food from? It is not as simple as putting a dollar into a vending machine and out come a dinner for two. I think much more education needs to done on GMO’s and the use od neonics. These pesticides are used to coat crop seeds and are turning up in our drinking water. The same water that our ‘necessary’ polinators are drinking and as a result are building up too much pesticide in the system…and dying. If we have no polinators…we have no food.

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      • Hey Chris,

        Agreed wholeheartedly. Have a look at this on neonicotinoids: http://www.gofundme.com/2yga9c

        Best wishes from England,

        Harry.

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      • Dan Cole

        Actually, populations world wide are decreasing rather than increasing. Nevertheless, lets stay focused here. This is not about population or food shortages, it is rather about the wanton use of chemicals with bad, unintended results. And, as long as there is a profit to be made, they will continue. There is actually a bright side; soon humans will have eliminated themselves from nature through their own stupidity, and then in another million or so years, nature will give us another try. Simple.

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        • Evan S

          The world wide population is not decreasing, the rate at which it is increasing might be decreasing, but as a whole, it is most certainly not decreasing.

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      • Nancy

        Are you aware of how much food is wasted by us idiots. Are you aware of how many farmers are paid to throw their crops into the garbage by government? That they have done this for many years. Food that could have fed the hungry are destroyed because they want you to think there is a shortage and to claim that reason for the high prices of food. We actually combined countries have enough to feed the world, if we were so inclined.

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      • Nell

        I don’t know why we aren’t teaching about this in the schools.

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      • The world is not overpopulated. There is more than enough square footage on our planet for every individual to grow their own crops. We would all, every living being, have an acre to farm, and only fill the state of Texas.

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        • Summer

          Whoa…I’m sorry, you think the entire world population can live in Texas AND each have an acre? Let’s do some math.
          First, lets find all the numbers we’re going to need:

          – Lets round DOWN to 7 billion people current living.
          – One acre = 43560 sq ft
          – According to Wikioedia, Texas is 268,581 sq mi
          – There are 27878400 sq ft in a mile

          Now, let’s put that all together: (total Texas sq) – (total population has an acre)
          (268581 * 27878400) – (7000000000 * 43560) = -2.9743239e+14 (That means Texas is too small for your estimate.)
          But..how many sq ft could a single person have?! Well, if we divide the total sq ft of Texas by our rounded down population:
          (268581 * 27878400) / 7000000000 – would result in less then 1070 sq ft per person. SIGNIFICANTLY smaller then 43560 (42490 sq ft less, to be exact [43560 – 1070] )

          ….but that’s really not the point is it. That says NOTHING of the resources needed, food, water, housing, health – being a kind of important factor to living, etc.

          Are there any estimates for the total space needed for a person to survive (e.g. to move about, land to provide food, etc)? That would be a FAR more accurate number to look at – not how many states the world can squish itself into. If each person needs a certain sq ft size area to live, we could divy the entire world land size by the total *necessary surviving space*. THAT would give us an IDEA as to if we are becoming over-populated. Saying nothing of the other animals/critters/insects/what-have-you, living on this planet, the current style of living..wow..there’s so much more to necessary living space then the sq ft a person personally lives in – now that we think about it.

          We’d also have to assume everything works perfectly, of course. Such as, enough water, crops grow only on that very specific patch of land, …. Oh…..wait…..crops growing, that’s what this article was about! Ability to grow food…Why are we all debating population again?

          Well back to topic. Bee’s pollenate a large chunk of our food. Much of that food is nutritionally important – not saying we can’t survive off the greasy, fatty, sugary foods currently being consumed. Let’s assume for the sake of this single, overly simplified argument that we don’t want to turn to GMO foods for survival (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_food#Controversy – that’s another debate for another time), then there’s simply no way around ensuring the survival of bee’s. Stop poisoning them with our chemicals. It’s that simple. Let them sex our food, so it grows.

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          • Wow what maths, you certainly crushed that theory! Not to mention that everyone would want an automobile or 5 or 6 as well. In this world everything is ultimately about money and in as far as my limited layman’s knowledge stretches, genetically manipulated seeds have a definite shelf life, like all modern consumer products. The main motivation for these companies introducing these crops is repeat business and huge profits all round for those with a vested interest. I would think that although the pesticide lunatics are, and have been contributing immensely to the death of trillions upon trillions of insects over the last century or so, including bees, in as far as the recent demise of bees in the USA and the UK are concerned, the blame could probably be laid squarely at the door of these GMO foods companies. The manipulated genes enters the bees and subsequently the queens within the hives and the queens then produce colonies of bees with a precisely tuned” time-bomb” of a much shortened life expectancy, similar to the GMO crops, within their very DNA, accounting for an en-masse death of colonies ‘working” on GMO farms. Bees “appear” to be separate from each other, and the environment, like we appear to be separate from each other and our environment. In the true sense the colony is one organism at one with the environment, like ourselves. This is how the earth has been designed. Simple elementary biology confirms this fact over and over again (for example trees producing oxygen for us to breathe and us producing carbon dioxide for them to breathe etc.), but we consistently choose to ignore or deny this, at our own peril as a species and to all life sharing this miraculous planet with us. Perhaps the first thing to do in the interim, while all this madness is going on, is to legislate for the GMO comapnies to have clear warning signs for the bees to enter GMO farms at their own risk :-) Just a layman’s THEORY, (our scientist are probably a lot cleverer than little me) but is it only a ‘coincidence” that bees have been dying in their millions in the UK and the USA since the introduction of GMO crops? Pesticides have been around for quite some time prior to this…
            But then, you guys don’t have to worry over there as there will always be corn to eat for the billions (of human cancer cells at war with their own body – the earth) and exotic foods can always be imported from countries who have stayed closer to natures ways. And who needs to see flowers in any case, there are enough pictures and films with flowers in?

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        • Mike

          Way off.

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      • andrew goodall

        Coorect and then we have the United Nations…founded by the people that are financially supporting GMO’s insisting we consider insects food…insects being pollinators…it’s ludicrous.

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      • You are so right,Chris….

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      • M.C

        Thanks Chris for explaining the issue in simple terms. Frightening how many Gavins are out there. Educating, repeat education is essential…

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        • Darinka

          Gavin is right. There is no food shortage; on a shortage of cash to go around. i.e. If too much wheat is grown it’s not given to the poor. It’s burned/destroyed so a glut in the market won’t drive down wheat prices.

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      • Buddha

        With the Asianic infanticide of girls, there might be a small implosion so the exponatial rate of overpopulation might slow down.

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        • Dean Phillips

          that’s helpful

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        • I don’t believe in over population, The Earth is very big, If the world governments were properly organized and followed a view of health of the people instead of making their own desires their gods, then overpopulation is far far far away.

          and by the time it ever is actually a risk we’d have found away around it.

          I mean honestly, mankind has been on this Earth for more then long enough to over populate it ten times over.

          But with war/disease/murder or God destroying a civilization (Lot,Noah,Salih etc)

          Also it is God that controls this Earth, getting to over population? simple God will make it so women get pregnant less, he controls every atom nothing is beyond his ability.

          It’s not raining enough? food shortage? water shortage? nothing, nothing at all is beyond Him.

          So using over-population and “possible future shortage of food/water/breathable air”

          Is never an excuse to Sin and disobey the law of God by having an abortion (unless you have a high chance of death If you do not) or poisoning the food/water of the people to “make more produce” (b.s)

          It’s fairly simple, the ends NEVER EVER EVER justify the means, If Jesus (peace be upon him) was here he’d have spit in Paul’s face or killed him for that kind of Bullshit way of thinking.

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          • Simon

            The idea of God has been muddied and misconstrued by the institutionalization of religion. innerworldsmovie.com

            Religion and anti-religion have all blinded us to the beauty of spirituality. We need to wake up.

            http://archive.org/details/EckhartTollethePowerOfNowaudio

            I mean no disrespect to anyone and their beliefs but we need to look into our beliefs with an unbiased eye and look at both sides of the picture.

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          • God gave us the intelligence to fix our own problems. This is a test. We’re currently failing it badly. I promise you that the divine won’t bail us out just because we prefer hedonism and ignorance to solving our own problems.

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          • St. Paul?

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          • Xring

            @ Mohamad. What are you going to say when you discover that god (Allah) does not exist, never did. If we have a food problem or a population issue it is OUR responsibility to solve it. There is NO supreme being somewhere that will save us. If we harm ourselves in the name of profit or money then we need to apply the correct solutions, no matter how difficult or unpopular.

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          • MrJones

            Dude, you serious. Hate to pop your bubble but there has not been a divine miracle in over 2,000 years. When God’s son was executed for chasing away the bankers he said the hell with ya and left our universe. We are on our own bud. God has left the building. That is what happens when you piss off the bankers. What’s in your wallet?

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      • Funny…it’s not rocket science, and yet people are still being incredibly ignorant about it. Like Gavin here…”We don’t have a food shortage.” Yeah. I bet you say stupid stuff about global warming when there’s a cold snap in your area.

        Nope, no climate or food problems coming down the pike…so what’s on American Idol tonight? Who is winning The Big Game? Sup with Michael Jackson, still dead?

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        • Nunya

          @exenubarb

          I dont consider myself incredibly ignorant. …

          I dont believe there’s a food shortage.

          And I 110% dont believe in global warming.

          This blog shows how powerful mass media has become.

          If scientist can create these pesticides that kill bees which will eventually kill humans.

          O and by the way they can also genetically create bees and many other living organisms on our planet.

          What makes you think they didn’t create what you call global warming or a so called food shortage?

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        • Exactly! As the Bruce Cockburn song goes, some people don’t see the light until it shines through bullet holes (or empty produce aisles, in this case).

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        • Only about 7-10% of our corn crop goes to actual food for us and most of that is processed into sugary snacks and beverages that shouldn’t be considered a meal anyway. Around 50% of corn goes to feed livestock. A lot of cattle whose factory farms contribute to global and environmental breakdown, not to mention e coli is a result of feeding corn to cows…their systems are made for grass. There is also more protein in beans than beef. I eat it but according to world health history Americans consume four times the healthy amount per person. Around 20% of our corn in exported and the leftover is made into fuel. My point is if corn is the reason we have a food shortage…well not much is used for real food.

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        • JJ

          The American Idol LIVE! Tour returns this summer to showcase.
          Miami Heat (again).
          Yep.

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        • Couldn’t have said it better myself Xenubarb!

          PS! Go back to sleep sheeples, there’s nothing to see here!

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        • Sheila

          I agree with Gavin. It is not the supply of food that is the problem, it is the fact that people do not have the money to buy the food that is produced. The government is paying farmers and ranchers to keep their fields empty. My uncle is one of those farmers. His land has been fallow for over 10 years because the government doesn’t want and oversupply of produce on the market. More produce = Lower prices. There may well be a shortage in the future with the way things are going, but there’s not one right now.

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          • Peoples minds do not seem to change. Maybe time to give up trying. Its like there are 2 tribes on the planet, those care about what is going on and those that think that shiting on their on their own doorstep is really fine!

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          • Strange thing to say. Supply and demand dictates that if people can’t afford food, it’s because there is not enough food to force the price down to their level.

            I don’t understand your comment about the government “doesn’t want and oversupply of produce on the market.” I realize it was a typo but I still don’t understand what it could could have meant. The government is trying to protect some farmers by paying others to not produce? Or you mean keep food prices high to prevent even higher population growth?

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          • Hahahah everyone is killing me. It’s not food shortage, it’s money shortage. Are you fucking serious right now? The world was made this way for a reason. For some people to be rich, many must die. Ever seen the movie “in time”? same theory.

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        • It’s so dysfunctional to attack people who don’t see with the same worldview as yourself. Someone like Gavin isn’t the cause of fucking global warming or of any food shortage, you don’t need to attack them. Are you leaving a post for the sole purpose of ‘being right’ and lording your knowledge over others while calling them ignorant?

          What else do you think ignorant people do?

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          • Babsearth

            I see what you are saying…but it’s this type of worldview that leads to inaction and lack of support for solutions to global problems which causes the problems to stay the same or worsen. Now do I think anyone here is going to change anyone’s mind…no…people have to figure out what they believe on their own. But I don’t see what is wrong about expressing other opinions that’s what forums are for (although I do agree it could be done more respectably).

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          • Dean Phillips

            word up summers

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          • Summers

            While they may have went about it in slightly wrong manner – what is wrong with trying to correct what the ignorant believes.

            Ignorance begets ignorance

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      • Melissa

        I’m glad someone is walking around with their eyes wide open. Good for you.

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      • And we ingest the same pesticides as the pollinators. So we are committing suicide, aren’t we? Just takes longer, mostly.

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        • You are absolutely right. But it’s not suicide. It’s murder.

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          • You sure are right ! But not only does the pesticides slowly kill us. People have to understand without bee’s and even flies there would not be a human race. So some body better do something fast!

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    • You’re right, but they are trying hard to make one occur!

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      • Not a shortage. A monopoly. Bees are bad for business when you sell monster GMO seeds for frankenfoods.

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        • L. Rose

          Agreed, It’s everything to do with monopolies!! It’s pretty scary when the governments here allow such huge devastation to our environment

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          • Johny

            That’s bullshit though, if they wanted people dead they wouldn’t be taking all the worlds most prolific breeders and moving them to where all the food is.

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          • Lazer

            the government is trying to quietly kill a large percentage of people, through poisoning our food with GMO’s and our water and air with chemicals. Not just the Canadian or American governments, many, many more. All fueled by money from the most elite business families in the world. Look up “New World Order”, the idea is our world is overpopulated and 90% of the world’s population needs to be wiped out, and they do it under the guise of upholding democracy.

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        • bob

          > Bees are bad for business when you sell monster GMO seeds for frankenfoods.

          How so? Even gmo crops need to be pollinated.

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          • I supose your one of the city people who dont get it that without bee’s you wont eat a thing all PLANT life need to be pollinated to reproduce anything and if no bee’s then now more IDIOTS TOO,, as seen throgh the eyes of a beekeeper,,dannyjwestley

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          • Janet

            Yes Vaso but here is a PARTIAL list of the crops that DO rely on bees:

            Alfalfa
            Almonds
            Apples
            Asparagus
            Beans
            Beets
            Blackberries
            Blueberries
            Brussels sprouts
            Buckwheat
            Cabbage
            Cantaloupe
            Cauliflower
            Celery
            Cherries
            Chestnuts
            Chives
            Clover
            Cranberries
            Cucumber
            Currants
            Eggplant
            Flax
            Garlic
            Gooseberries
            Grapes
            Horseradish
            Kale
            Lettuce
            Mustard
            Onions
            Parsley
            Peaches
            Pears
            Plums
            Pumpkins
            Radishes
            Raspberries
            Rhubarb
            Squash
            Strawberries
            Sunflowers
            Sweet potatoes
            Turnip
            Watermelon

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          • Janet

            Yes, Vaso, but all of THESE crops are NOT:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crop_plants_pollinated_by_bees

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          • Vaso

            Corn is self pollinating.

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          • Lynette

            And how are they going to be pollinated with dead bees?

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          • No they don’t, there is wheat still coming back from 1998, that was supposedly destroyed back then. Now they can’t get rid of it even with weed killers. FUCK GMO’s.

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          • Eric

            Well, if you are breeding neonicotinoid-resistant GMO honey bees, I’d say this looks like a market opportunity!

            http://www.naturalnews.com/035688_Monsanto_honey_bees_colony_collapse.html

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  2. nomad

    The use of pesticides has nothing to do with GMOs. Sure, Monsanto has developed GM crops that are resistant to Roundup, but that doesn’t mean all GMOs are. And pesticides were used way more before the advent of transgenesis. So you’re really conflating two separate issues here.

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    • Vaso

      Actually Monsanto GM corn has been genetically modified to produce its own pesticide (Bt toxin) so its in the plant its entire life cycle that’s why its called Bt corn. Spraying in the past was done on as needed basis and unlike seed treatment the compounds would degrade quickly in the sun light. Now all the seeds are treated whether needed or not as a prophylactic so the entire plant becomes poisonous including the pollen and nectar. Not to mention that these neonicotinoids are 7000 times more toxic to bees then DDT.

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      • Hey Vaso,

        7000 times more toxic, and millions times more tonnage…

        Please have a look at this on neonicotinoids: http://www.gofundme.com/2yga9c

        Best wishes from England,

        Harry.

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    • Because GMO’s cannot be isolated from the rest of our growing food supply, GMO’s proliferate into adjoining crops. There has been no credible evidence that long term testing has been done to understand the impact of these have on all the creatures who are affected by them. In fact, evidence mounts that GMO’s pose unmeasurable risks. European countries and Japan have been far more cautious than the US in controlling and/or eliminating GMO’s from cultivation. In fact the US continues to refuse to even label for consumers which foods contain/are GMO Conflating two separate issues???

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      • Danny P

        “In fact, evidence mounts that GMO’s pose unmeasurable risks.”
        People saying the same thing over and over again in fear and paranoia isn’t evidence.

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        • The burden of proof should be on Monsanto and the GM community to prove that GM is safe. The issue here is that since it’s a genetic level alteration then with the current extremely limited knowledge of how an organism grows/is controlled by it’s DNA *THE SAFETY CHECKING NEEDS TO RUN FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS* before we can be even partially sure it’s safe long-term.
          If anyone can show me even a 75% accurate *theoretical* model of how modifying a particular gene will affect a given organism that has every growth step detailed and explained by hard science then I’ll change my opinion.

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    • Jarrett Shedd

      Finally someone makes sense. Yes, the actual article on this webpage links to a study about “seed treatments of field crops.”, which is an entirely separate issue than genetically modified organisms. But read the comments and all you see is “GMOs are destroying the universe!” “Monsanto killed my Pa! *spit*”

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      • Kevanski1

        Monsanto killed my Pa too. Every day he would come home from working at Monsanto with his work clothes reeking of toxic smells that would make me ill. My mother made him take them off at the back door and never bring them in the house. He passed away prematurely before anyone knew what those toxins could do to a human body. I empathize with you loss, Jarrett

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    • Dave

      GE crops have been responsible for an INCREASE of 383 million pounds of herbicide (which is the SAME as insecticide) use in the US over the first 13 years of commercial use of GE crops (1996–2008). This dramatic increase in the volume of herbicides applied swamps the decrease in insecticide use attributable to GE corn and cotton, making the overall chemical footprint of today’s GE crops decidedly negative… The primary cause of the increase is the emergence of herbicide-resistant weeds. GM crops are claimed by proponents to reduce pesticide use (the term “pesticide” includes herbicides, which technically are pesticides). But this is untrue. Herbicide-tolerant crops have been developed by agrochemical firms specifically to depend upon agrochemicals and have extended the market for these chemicals. Far from weaning agriculture away from environmentally damaging chemicals, GM technology has prolonged and extended the chemically-based agricultural model. The adoption of GM Roundup Ready crops, especially soy, has caused massive increases in the use of glyphosate worldwide. The main cause of the increase in herbicide use as the spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds. In Georgia, tens of thousands of acres of farmland have been abandoned after being overrun by glyphosate-resistant pigweed. Even GM Canola has become a super weed and uncontrollable. This is simple biology, no different than the human body becoming resistant to antibiotics, so MORE would be needed to stop the virus, and in return constantly changing the body’s makeup and making it even more resistant to traditional cures. This isn’t a conflation of gossip and actual news, this is REAL and in your face, and some people are too obtuse to see the whole picture from wearing blinders.

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    • robin

      GMO are made to resist an absurd amout of pesticides. And they use more each year. They are also the largest crops.

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    • Monsanto and Bayer are connected. Connect the dots. The bees are being deliberately poisoned.

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    • Egon Stattler

      GMO crops PRODUCE ( THEMSELVES, INTERNALLY ), 6 different types of pesticides, so each part of the plant is toxic itself.
      Aditionally : it’s not that Monsanto GMOs only exist for the last some years ! Theyr history goes back way further.

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    • so what is your explaination for this??? and is it acceptable???

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    • It is round up that is orking with Monsanto by creating these gmo’s so yes they are all connected to the pesticides and herbasides.

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    • I think it’s pretty blatant that there is an obvious connection. If the bees die and we suddenly need crops that are “suitable” to such situations that can no longer be grown in the natural way then who do you think it is that will step forward with the “answer”? And how long do you think it will be before COVERING OUR FOOD IN POISONS or GROWING FOOD WITH POISON INSIDE IT is deemed “not a problem”. I mean it’s just logical! How long can we go on with our heads in the sand? I don’t care who you are or what your degree is… the human body is just not built to withstand generations of toxin buildup in our everything. We can’t keep playing the divine forever and what’s ultimately worse, is WE DON’T NEED TO! We don’t NEED non organic food. There IS no food shortage, there is lazy and there is greedy. We don’t NEED our dependence on fossil fuels.. we are habitual and we are egocentric. We don’t NEED ANY of our “modern conveniences” … they are literally killing us. It may be slowly, but bit by bit the same science that tells us these things are OK are then ten, twenty, thirty years later saying “Oh hey, actually, that was maybe not the best idea”. The ego in “science” is appalling! They don’t even have the guts to just flat out say they were wrong, they just offer the “we didn’t have enough evidence” tagline… it’s just plain insanity. You put poison out into the world… you get dead. LOTS of dead. It might take awhile and a lot of people pretending they don’t know better… but you still get dead. It’s just. Not. Right.

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      • Eric H

        “And how long do you think it will be before COVERING OUR FOOD IN POISONS or GROWING FOOD WITH POISON INSIDE IT is deemed ‘not a problem’.”

        Happening now. Has been happening since the dawn of time. Magnitude of problem? Variable. Ever heard of ergot? Aflatoxin? Nicotine? Mushrooms? Almonds are a great source of cyanide. Cherry and apple seeds have interesting poisons in them. The China Study purports to show that animal protein may be one of the most potent carcinogenic catalysts known. Many of these are already deemed not a problem to anyone who knows what Paracelsus had to say about dose and poison.

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        • Actually what the China study showed is not that meat was the great carcinogenic catalysts, it was and is pesticides. You should read further, http://rawfoodsos.com/the-china-study/.

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          • It also showed that alcohol intake was a huge factor and that refined foods are suspected more: the shared lack of refined carbohydrates, the absence of refined sweeteners and hydrogenated oils, the emphasis on whole, unprocessed foods close to their natural state, and the consumption of nutritionally dense fare rather than empty calories or ingredients concocted in a lab setting.

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    • delquattro

      Actually, Nomad, your statement couldn’t be more wrong if it was written by Monsanto, and rubberstamped by Michael Taylor. Monsanto has created GMO’s that are modified WITH pesticide, which causes the pest thorax to explode. You might find “correlation, but no causation” in the fact that children with autism also suffer from gastrointestinal issues that clear up when GMO’s are removed from their diets.
      RoundUp is a herbicide, and Monsanto has created RoundUp-Ready GMO’s which are resistant to the poison. So, if farmers are using RoundUp, you can bet the farm that they are planting RoundUp-Ready GMO’s. Glyphosate, the Monsanto herbicide known as RoundUp has been discovered to be carcinogenic at the rate of parts per TRILLION! Yet, California is raising the allowable levels of Glyphosate!

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      • Danny P

        You need to learn the definition of “specious” because it applies to just about everything you wrote.

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    • Da Na Bla

      Respectfully, Nomad, you need to research your stance a bit more. GMOs were developed to be used with Roundup, and the farmers that grow them are encourage to spray liberally. The GMO issue is most certainly, without doubt, linked to the increasing and indiscriminate use of chemicals. 94% of the soybeans grown in the USA are GMO and the amount of land and chemicals used is massive. Also more than 80% of the corn grown in the USA is also GMO (and they are both Roundup Ready seeds).

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      • tlssmithen

        the farnmers n ranchers ahve been using pesticides for years now its in our water dont u people get it

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      • A. Sanders

        actually sir you are only 1/2 right some gmo’s were developed to be resistant up to a certain point to Roundup and it can be applied to a crop at an early stage without affecting production..But GMO is not snynonomous with Roundup as they are splicing many different genes to increase protein level or resistance to specific viruses etc..Roundup is only one aspect of GMO , BT is another , and nomad is correct in that there were more and different types of pesticides being applied before because not all herbicides worked on different classes of weeds and or they left residue which affected the following crops that were planted in rotation..BTW pesticides is a generic term that covers both insecticides and herbicides As to spraying liberally , its because many classes of weeds have grown resistant to glyphosate (roundup) and it does not control them anymore at recommended application rates..Alfalfa is one of the latest GMO’s that are now labeled for use with roundup, and they have a novel wheat line that has been approved yet for use with Roundup but was not liscensed for release to the publicfor planting yet some was recently found growing in Oregon and it contaminated a neighboring wheat field and disqualified it from being exported..long discussion pro and con here but to many people are stating opinions and not facts .I am NOT sticking up for GMO or Monsanto but I am in the industry and I do keep up with what is what…

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        • Anyone, especially a scientist who actually thinks we know enough about the long-term (100+years) effects of GMOs that involve transplanting of genes from species so unrelated that the transfer would effectively never happen naturally is completely insane – at least with the current incredibly tiny amount we know about genetics.
          Also unless there’s a sudden 100 fold increase in the choice of possible GMO products to grow in a given area we have the prospect of global increase in mono-cultures which should be resisted at all cost.
          On top of that replacement of all current cash crops with ones that effectively have zero-tolerance to insects etc. would have a devastating effect on insect life overall and consequently on the whole food chain – perhaps with the exception of anything GM – probably requiring GM humans to get round the problems.

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          • Emily

            Please tell me you realize that the general population has been eating GMO food since the 70s. aka 50 years. To date, no one has died to ingesting GMO food. In fact the expect live expectancy has done nothing but increase. Hence a part of the contributing factor to the food crisis

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          • sykkema

            well said and I agree whole-heartedly

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      • *Specific* GMOs (RoundupReady) were developed to be used with Roundup. However, I can’t stand people conflating GMOs (which on the whole have great potential to help people) with Monsanto, which is an evil corporation. Yes, Monsanto makes GMOs, some of which encourage the use of chemicals that are not environmentally friendly; that does not make all GMOs bad! See also Golden Rice (for just one example): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_rice

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    • George

      Its really hard for me to read let alone understand how any sane human being can possibly defend or say anything supportive about companies like Monsanto who for the sake of profits, power and God knows what else, are wantingly, purposefully, very irresponsibly destroying the environment and life that is vital to human existence including theirs and all their political minions they lobby to ignore these very destructive insane nethods that they hope will give them total control of the food supply………..if you believe these statements are far fetched, then you must properly inform yourselves of the facts.

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      • Robert

        Nomad didn’t support Monsanto, or any such company.
        You can use a knife, to cut an apple, or you can cut people; if someone cuts people, with a knife, you don’t blame the knife; it’s just a tool.
        GMO in itself isn’t bad, Monsanto is, for using GMO in a destructive way.
        GMO can do lots of good; but you can trust that Monsanto won’t do anything good with it. There are companies that would want to do good stuff with it, but they are quickly trampled down, cause people associate GMO, with Monsanto; therefore ethical companies, that would like to do good, don’t even get the chance.

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        • Now Robert has hit the nail on the head here. Progress, science, etc certainly isn’t a bad thing but it can be manipulated into a number of bad things depending on who’s developing it, and I might add, who allows it to be put into use. Can I find fault with Monstanto? You bet…their history is no better than any other conglomerate who’s focus in mainly on profits, not feeding the world safely. But I also blame the EPA and other government agencies, and yes, the population as well for simply allowing too much of this to go on for too long. Sometimes we trust too much in other entities, and while that may be endearing, it’s not always safe or sensible.

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      • ann fox

        Got to agree with George….Support your small family farms & farmers markets….Monsanto & their ilk certainly do not.

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      • Julie

        I 100% agree with George. It all boils down to improper information and lack of education. Please people, stop playing ostrich.

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        • Danny P

          If by “playing ostrich” you mean “requiring facts and real evidence” then yes. But GMOs and pesticides aren’t the same thing. Work on your reading comprehension.

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        • robin

          Nope we won’t. And more each day are educating themselves on the truth. March on July 4th in a town near you. Look it up online under Moms march Against Monsanto.

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      • Matt

        I don’t think you’r responding to what nomad actually said.

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  3. Betty Frado

    Seems like Monsanto is ultimately responsible for ruining our food supply in one way or another. They have to be punished and stopped NOW.

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  4. What the heck I love Honey and I love bees.Don’t you?

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  5. The Euro zone has banned the use of most herbicides and pesticides, why are we always the last to react.Monsantos public relations dept has insured our governments that their stuff is safe, WHAT A JOKE.I like a little honey it helps slide the soylent green down.

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  6. Chuck Emple

    The article makes it sound like air seeders simply broadcast the seeds into the air, which isn’t true. Air seeders use air to drill the seeds into the ground. The author has confused seeding with spraying, which does use air. This is how errors are propigated among a highly excitable population who know very little. I wonder what else in this article is wrong?

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    • Hanna Feek

      Good point Chuck. Nevertheless the bees are dead. I have veggie gardens and weeding them by hoe & hand takes a lot time & energy. Maybe the concept of “bigger is better”
      for profits is the problem!

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    • Dave

      Chuck Emple, you make it sound like there is no space between the seeds/pesticides and the ground via ‘drilling,’ and you couldn’t be further from the truth. Air spreaders DON’T broadcast as you said, but they DON’T DRILL the seed/pesticides into the ground, either. They PUSH the seed/pesticide combo through tubes inches from the ground via air flow, directly into a tilled spot, and then covered split seconds afterwards. It is in this scant timeframe that small traces of pesticides are ‘airborne,’ and if you are speaking of enormous farms, it adds up. Dow applied to release a multi-herbicide-tolerant soybean, engineered to tolerate being sprayed with glyphosate, glufosinate, and 2,4-D34 – an ingredient of the defoliant Agent Orange. In 2012 Dow sparked public outrage when it applied to the US Department of Agriculture to commercialize its 2,4-D-tolerant corn. But there are ALREADY species that are resistant to dicamba,36 to 2,4-D,37 and to multiple herbicides38 in existence. The weeds that can tolerate the ‘herbicide’ then transmits those genes to the next generation, making them more resistant. And the spinning wheel keeps on spinning with no stopping in sight.

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  7. Joe Oliff

    if you use chemical fertilizers and pesticides (even in your personal lawn and garden) you’re part of the problem.

    .

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  8. sarah

    I am not sure that all the specific words, and terms and facts really matter that much.. The issue is the damage that is being caused because our food is no longer allowed to naturally grow. Think about asbestos, it is made of 6 naturally occurring minerals and used abundantly. in the 1930 deaths became obvious and people began to realize this was very dangerous and deadly. yet it took until the 1970 for enough deaths and controversy to actually stop the mass use of asbestos. This is where we are headed with using all these chemicals it is okay untill 20-30 yrs later when our children are dying off before anyone thinks hmm maybe we should have listened to all those people instead of the companies that would profit..

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  9. Bee populations will continue to be decimated by pesticides- not only GMO crops but also all other crops that make use of pesticides. You HAVE to stand up and defend natural growing- our water sources are being contaminated by these devastating poisons and soon it will be too late to take action. Stop defending GMO’s – there are proven methods to grow crops organically… start by not buying GMO foodstuff.

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  10. Toe

    Who TF cares in the end, it’s happening. The political class, the upper class don’t eat Monsanto Foods, EVER. We are the canaries, stop buying anything you suspect is GMO/if you can’t afford Organic, plant a garden, if you live in an apartment make a deal w/ your local guy/gal at the farmer’s market. You can do that, because I did and as a senior w a small pension it worked.

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  11. Thia Skandshus

    It’s so frustrating. What about our grand children?

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    • Summers

      Teach them to grow their own food.

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  12. Bunny

    I. G. Farben is now MONSANTO. Put I. G. Farben, MONSANTO, and Bayer Pharmaceuticals in a google search and see what you come up with.

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  13. darren wilaby

    When you drive the seed into the ground with air you release the talc that covers the seed which creates a fine dust that drifts onto adjoining plants. The bees pick up this dust along with pollen and bring it back to the hive where it then poisons the whole colony.Also these poisons stay in our soil for upto 12 years but are applied every year increasing the contamination of our soil. Stop the madness.

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  14. David Starkey, Dallas, TX U.S.A.

    I AM SHOCKED TO SEE THAT BAYER IS MENTIONED, BUT NOT MONSANTO.
    I believe that Monsanto is trying to corner as much of the food market as possible.
    Killing bees is killing competition. Monsanto sells seed that must be repurchased every year, instead of farmers keeping, for example seed corn, for the next year.

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  15. Chantelle Rowan

    Who counted ALL those bees….????

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  16. Ray

    The problem is with all the wifi, cellular signal and all that stuff…

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  17. Dan

    It’s ridiculous some people think gmo crops have so much positive things to offer us when it’s plain as day to see it’s unnecessary and dangerous technology. The lie that genetically modified food will feed the world has been spun by the biotech corps. It’s all about money and control of the food market.

    These transgenic organisms can give rise to genetic parasites and diseases that can spread which we have no hope of containing. The potential risks of consuming these gmos are not fully studied and these companies do the research themselves. Traditional farmers are faced with contamination and litigation from companies like monsanto which is absolutely horrible. On top of it all you have Round Up poisoning us and the land. I’ve had people tell me it’s ok to drink the stuff and tell me I’m a conspiracy nut for worrying, but I’ve lived in areas where aggressive cancers are forming in the young of families who farm with it and many streams and rivers connected to these farms have all the fish die from runoff. If you want to learn the truth do the research, I recommend David Suzuki and Holly Dressel’s From Naked Ape To Superspecies and also Vandana Shiva’s Stolen Harvest.

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    • Sandy

      Dan I agree with you. The pesticides also strip the soil of it’s nutrients and water holding capabilities. It becomes a vicious and expensive cycle to add the nutrients back. We now garden organically and hydroponically with great success, We use organic seeds and lots of compost. We have worms, most people with our sandy soil can’t say that and worms won’t live in crappy soil.
      The safety of gmo’s hasn’t been proven and i’m not just taking the word of some corporate leader.

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  18. A

    They’ll have to create some genetically modified bees that are more resilient to pesticides.

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    • I’m down : P

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    • joe

      Genetically modify bees? Man can’t even make honey in a lab. Easier to modify the bee than to modify our pollutants? Lose the bee and we lose big….bigger than most can understand.

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  19. Thoams

    maybe not in North America but there is a food shortage in the world. Only a fool would say there isn’t when the majority of people on this planet go to sleep hungry every night.

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    • Look, most of the starvation in this world is politically motivated, not a food sortage. Wake up, those that contol th food control the world. Oil is nothong compared to the supply of food and water.

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    • Anger is good. Action is better. Grow things. Save seed. Plant bee and butterfly gardens. We leave big sections of our moweable land for white clover to bloom and go to seed to support the bee and pollinating insect population every year.

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  20. You think a company with 600 hives, and 30 million bees, would test a additive, spray, to make sure it works, not kills. Best line of defense is NO spray, only natural stuff. Well I think honey is going to be much higher now, if we get any honey.

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  21. brothersinarms

    I’m a bit confused by the article. I though GMO’s were created so that there is no need for pesticide use, or much less would be needed. The plant would be genetically engineered to protect itself from bugs that attack it, so you don’t need to spray it. Pesticides kill bees, so to me, the problem is related to conventional industrial type of agriculture. I don’t see what GMO’s have to do with it. There might be other cross-pollination concerns with GMO’s, but pesticides?

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    • Most of the GMOs out there are called RR. That means Roundup Ready. The plant was genetically engineered to withstand excessive amounts of glyphosate sprayed on it. You are referring to BT, which has the bacteria insecticide right in the plant. Both types of GMOs are readily available to farmers. Although Monsanto says that the RR corn and soybeans won’t require as much chemicals, this has actually proven to be the contrary. For example, of you were told you were immune to obesity, would you still eat lots of Frits and veggies, or would you chow on fast food all the time, just because you could? Unfortunately, most people would choose the latter scenario.

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    • Part of the problem is that, in order to not need pesticides, many GMO plants produce pesticides themselves. This gets into their pollen. Not all GMO are like that, but it is a concern that is not being addressed.

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  22. adrianne reams

    small minded !!!!it just few steps away from us all at the rate monsata and farmaceutical like bayer go about doing their business!

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  23. Jarrett Shedd

    What this world needs is proper science education so people don’t lose their minds over things that they don’t understand. Your feelings about non-organic crops don’t matter. Only scientific evidence based on observation matters. If all food on earth was grown organically, there wouldn’t be enough food for everyone. 2 billion people would starve. Your intuition may tell you that no good can come from non-organic food, but intuition is not the pathway to truth, and you are all holding the whole world back because of it. Stop dreaming about some moral superior “David vs. Goliath” fight against corporations. There are far better things that you could be doing with your time to actually improve this world that we all have to share and live on.

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    • Sezsue

      http://www.growingpower.org/index.htm
      If this one gentleman, can grow thousands of pounds of food using limited resources, imagine what could be done if the problem was being addressed with all the resources available!
      We have astounding technology available to us in the world, and who knows what else is out there that is even more fantastic, that we DON’T know about.
      If the WILL to do it was there, no one would ever go hungry, or not have the basics for a comfortable survival in life. Unfortunately, the WILL isn’t there, because it serves an evil agenda to persuade the public that there are too many people on the planet, and not enough resources. A plan that seems to be working, unfortunately.

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      • Jan

        Agreed, Sezsue. Utilizing a gardening model which mimics the cyclic, self-perpetuating, and balanced characteristics of Nature produces amazing results. Terra preta: soil building with charcoal, produced by efficient, smokeless burning of biomass in pyrolytic stove (see biochar U of GA). Dug into the soil in large quantities, it will create a self-sustaining, nutrient-rich microcosm. Three years of use is giving me the largest, healthiest plants grown to date. Compost and mulch: all growth and leaves are recycled in these two ways. No need for fertilizers and little weeding. My overgrown yard is a haven for bees, butterflies, beneficial insects, birds and small wildlife. Dandelion, nettle, other ‘weeds’ have become part of my food supply. Heirloom seeds: many ‘rogue’ plants pop up in spring, are transplanted to desired location. Saving the seeds gives me plants which continue to adapt to my microclime.

        A special note for home gardeners purchasing transplants: Transplant growers are using GM seeds, as was confirmed by a supplier this year.

        There is so much we can do to improve crop growing techniques, in turn improving quality, quantity, and the environment, by ‘unlearning’ existing and accepted practices. We have forgotten that we as humans are a part of Nature, an inescapable fact. Healthy and happy gardening!

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  24. CW

    IF the government wasn’t paying farmers to NOT PLANT food crops there would be no food shortage or the need for this GMO CRAP they are trying to shove down our throats. IF the farmers, for whatever reason they don’t, would tell the government to take their money and shove it where the sun don’t shine and plant food crops there would be NO FOOD SHORTAGE. Politics and Greed always go hand in hand, as well as ignorance and denial

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