The Fox (Monsanto) Buys the Chicken Coop (Beeologics)

Merovingian BeeA couple of years ago disinformation‘s sister video label True Mind released the colony collapse disorder documentary Vanishing of the Bees. It was fairly obvious that the biggest (if not only) cause of the mysterious disappearing colonies of bees was widespread pesticide use in monoculture farming. Everyone’s favorite corporate criminal Monsanto is now causing conspiracy theorists to go into overdrive with their acquistition of a company specializing in bee medicine. Richard Schiffman sounds the alarm at Huffington Post:

Why would one of the largest purveyors of pesticides, genetically engineered seeds and agrochemicals want to buy a company which has been seeking solutions to the escalating threats to the world bee population?

Monsanto spokeswomen Kelly Powers says it is to give the fledgling company a helping hand. Beeologics has developed a product called Remembee, an anti-viral agent which its boosters claim will help stem the tide of Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious plague which has led to the disappearance of the bees in up to a third of the commercial colonies located in the U.S. during the last decade.

The root of the problem, however, may not be the virus targeted by Remembee, a chemical agent which utilizes RNA interference, a mechanism that blocks gene expression, but the herbicides and insecticides that agro-chemical giants like Monsanto, Dow and Bayer have themselves been hawking to farmers around the world.

This is the conclusion of three recent studies which implicate a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or “neonics” for short, which coat a massive 142 million acres of corn, wheat, soy and cotton seeds in the U.S. alone. They are also a common ingredient in a wide variety of home gardening products. As I detail in an article which was published by Reuters last month, neonics are absorbed by the plants’ vascular system and contaminate the pollen and nectar that bees encounter on their rounds. Neonics are a nerve poison that disorient their insect victims and appear to damage the homing ability of bees, which may help to account for their mysterious failure to make it back to the hive.

This was the conclusion of research which came out in the prestigious Journal Science during March…

[continues at Huffington Post

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  • emperorreagan

    Every time I see the name Monsanto, I feel like I need a shower.

    Then I remember the water is probably full of traces of their pesticides.

  • emperorreagan

    Every time I see the name Monsanto, I feel like I need a shower.

    Then I remember the water is probably full of traces of their pesticides.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Just genetically modify the bees to extrude and survive Roundup and noooo problem!

    Heres to hoping it doesn’t get into the honey

    • jnana

      Aspartame is a by-product of round-up

    • jnana

      Aspartame is a by-product of round-up

      • http://www.evjart.com madeinhawaii

        A slow, systemic humanicide…

    • Andrew

      Eventually they hope to genetically engineer humans immune to Roundup and copyright us. You’ll need a license to have sex.

    • Andrew

      Eventually they hope to genetically engineer humans immune to Roundup and copyright us. You’ll need a license to have sex.

    • Andrew

      Eventually they hope to genetically engineer humans immune to Roundup and copyright us. You’ll need a license to have sex.

      • Calypso_1

        According to the church you already do.

    • http://www.evjart.com madeinhawaii

      Ah.. you mean like creating more killer bees, huh? Jeeze…scary thought.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Just genetically modify the bees to extrude and survive Roundup and noooo problem!

    Heres to hoping it doesn’t get into the honey

  • BuzzCoastin

    the only way to stop Monsanto is to stop modern agriculture
    Monsanto is merely a byproduct
    and not the cause of modern agriculture’s need for chemicals & GMOs

    before modern agriculture existed there was horticulture (the gathering of hunter/gatherers)
    it was still in place when the English arrived & began ripping up the food forests in America
    and replaced them with nice neat plowed fields
    that led to Monsanto existing today

  • BuzzCoastin

    the only way to stop Monsanto is to stop modern agriculture
    Monsanto is merely a byproduct
    and not the cause of modern agriculture’s need for chemicals & GMOs

    before modern agriculture existed there was horticulture (the gathering of hunter/gatherers)
    it was still in place when the English arrived & began ripping up the food forests in America
    and replaced them with nice neat plowed fields
    that led to Monsanto existing today

  • BuzzCoastin

    the only way to stop Monsanto is to stop modern agriculture
    Monsanto is merely a byproduct
    and not the cause of modern agriculture’s need for chemicals & GMOs

    before modern agriculture existed there was horticulture (the gathering of hunter/gatherers)
    it was still in place when the English arrived & began ripping up the food forests in America
    and replaced them with nice neat plowed fields
    that led to Monsanto existing today

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