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Monsanto Crushes Bees With Their Huge Balls

You can always count on Monsanto to have huge balls. On their path to global dominance they do things that would make good fiction. Their history of bad mistakes seems to have galvanized them into an organization that is immune to safety concerns from concerned humans. And when faced with such concerns they only work that much harder to destroy any resistance that they encounter.

Recently, the link to Monsanto's GMO corn and the collapse of the bee population has been beginning to make headlines. In Poland their genetically modified corn seed has been banned with its devastating effects on the bee population sited as a main reason. 

Not good for business. 

In the past, a firm with PR issues that stem from something like the destruction of one of nature's most vital contributors would turn to one of the "think tanks" like Heartland or Cato, but this time they came up with an even better plan. 

They bought Beelogics, an organization that is recognized by the USDA and states their mission as, "To become the guardian of bee health worldwide."

This is like a dog hiring a fox to investigate who might be to blame for the disappearing eggs in the hen house. Who wants to bet that the USDA finds that Monsanto's GMO corn has no connection to our dwindling bee population? Who knows, maybe it doesn't. But we need independent science to find out. That, of course, can't happen because Monsanto has a patent on their GMO corn seed, and to do a scientific study would be to violate that patend and it would get any researcher brave enough to try crucified. 

If we were talking about some subspecies of toad that lives in one cave system in Arizona it would matter. But it probably wouldn't impact the lives of the average person. With bees it's a different story. They are the great pollinators of this planet. They don't do it all but they do enough that it might be impossible for other species to pick up the slack. That means we would need to manually pollinate what we wanted to grow. 

I'm sure Monsanto has already come up with a way to make money off of that too. 

Speak up folks. You can stop this. Get loud. 

Read more about the issue here.

 

By Alex Bogusky


Reader Comments (4)

A well-placed kick can bring down the biggest of the ball-toting brutes. We need a consumer line-up of boot-wearing ninjas ready to dispense some ball-busting justice against the bee killer bastards, Monsanto.

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott Smith

Severe weather will increase and damage cell towers which confuse the bees and compromises their resistance to the varroa destructor mite. Not only do they share their sweetness of life, they also demonstrate harmonious industry with an ordered community life.....exact opposite of Monsanto! Our survival depends on the plight of bees. It's not too late, yet. Thanks for this, with.....


Ball-busting Blessings~

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIN-B-TWEEN

If Monsanto is smart, it's working on genetically modifying its plants to self-pollinate (and the associated patents). Then they would completely rule the plant-based food supply and take over the world. Which is probably ok as those pesky bees are stealing our jobs and paying less taxes than Romney.

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRagnarok

Funny, but Beelogics has no mention of the Monsanto takeover, nothing other than an obscure mention on the company blog- written by the CTO & Co-founder, who surely did well on the acquisition.

Beeologics Blog
Sep 28, 2011 by Nitzan Paldi Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, Beeologics
I’m passionate about bees. For most of my adult life, I’ve worked with bees either as a beekeeper or as a scientist studying bees or both. Through the years, I’ve always seen it as part of my job to educate people on the importance of bees to our survival and underscore they are the very foundation upon which most of agriculture is built. Unfortunately to so many, these fascinating and important insects are at best unseen – and at worst – viewed as pests.
Recently, a disease syndrome called colony collapse disorder (CCD) has become a threat to economically sustainable beekeeping worldwide, which is a real problem for food production.
Though small in size, honey bees are the workhorse of the agriculture world. In fact, one mouthful in three of the foods we eat directly or indirectly depends on pollination from these amazing creatures. Crops from nuts to vegetables, alfalfa to apples, and cantaloupes to cranberries all require pollinating by honey bees. Cornell University values the impact of honey bees to U.S. as more than $14 billion annually. That’s lots of value in a small package.
The attention CCD brought was needed, and the heightened concern on bee health is warranted. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of some landmark discoveries pushing us forward towards a solution. Remebee®, a product I had a hand in developing, which is designed to help bees and their colonies avoid infection from viruses that may cause CCD, is going through the approval process at the FDA. We’ve made significant progress and we’re moving through the final trials and studies needed before we can bring to market this product to beekeepers.
As a scientist, this can sometimes mark the end of the path; discover something scientifically interesting, prove it works and then move on to new research. But as a beekeeper, I know the next step – bringing an approved product to market – is essential in putting the science to work and realizing its full potential.
It’s one of the reasons why the purchase of Beeologics by Monsanto is coming at a good time. Monsanto is a global leader in agricultural sciences and has a proven track record of shepherding products from discovery through the regulatory process and to broad commercialization in the field. I can tell you that their leadership team and scientists are just as passionate about helping growers and agriculture as we are.
As a scientist, it’s gratifying that research we’ve been working on may have an opportunity to be tapped for much broader use in agriculture; potentially helping growers around the world meet the ever increasing demands being placed on agriculture worldwide.

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNYCer

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