Robotic Bees to Pollinate Monsanto Crops

Maybe.  Russ McSpadden writes at Earth First! Newswire:

Pollinators participate in the sexual-reproduction of plants. When you eat an almond, beet, watermelon or sip on coffee, you’re partaking of an ancient relationship between pollinators and flowers. But since the 1990s, worldwide bee health has been in decline and most evidence points to toxic pesticides created by Shell and Bayer and the loss of genetic biodiversity due to the proliferation of GMO monocrops created in laboratories by biotech companies like Monsanto.

But never worry, those real life pollinators—the birds and the bees, as they say—may soon be irrelevant to the food needs of civilization. Harvard roboticists are developing a solution to the crisis: swarms of tiny robot bees made of titanium and plastic that can pollinate those vast dystopian fields of GMO cash crops.

The Harvard Microrobotics Lab has been working on its Micro Air Vehicles Project since early 2009. Borrowing from the biomechanics and social organization of bees, the team of researchers is undergoing the creation of tiny winged robots to fly from flower to flower, immune to the toxins dripping from petals, to spread pollen. They even believe that they will soon be able to program the robobees to live in an artificial hive, coordinate algorithms and communicate amongst themselves about methods of pollination and location of particular crops.

Of course, published reports from the lab also describe potential military uses—surveillance and mapping—but the dime-sized cyber-bees have yet to be outfitted with neurotoxin tipped stingers.

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  • jnana

    If corporations are people can they suffer judgment and go to hell?
    Someone should ask Romney.
    Also, ask him if they can become gods of their own planet, as Mormons can. Cause Monsanto seems to think they are the gods of earth.

    • Ookook Eekeek

      I see you’ve been getting more than your share of fluoridated water, GMO foodstuffs, and chemtrail particulates. You’re leading the pack, the pack of stupid. Congratulations.

      • jnana

        huh? am I wrong in criticizing Mormonism and its leaders complicity in the destruction of our planet and the oppression of its inhabitants? am I wrong to criticize corporations?

  • BrettjPrice

    This will never work. There will be way too much moisture in the fields. Also ,bees can tell which flowers have been visited and which have not. Another problem are the sheer number of pollinators necessary to complete pollination which is carried out not only by bees but other wild pollinators which pesticides often kill. Monsanto is doomed.

  • Juan

    This is just creepy and sad:(

  • BuzzCoastin

    this is so obviously where Monsanto is going
    I’m surprised it’s even news
    they replaced real food with GMO food
    & now it’s time to replace the birds and bees with Android Gingerbread 3.6

  • The Well Dressed Man

    This would be hilarious if not so close to the truth. Monsanto is maybe the first real supervillain. Their executive meetings must be held in mid-century-modern underground bunkers, and consist of gleeful shouts such as “Yessss! Then we engineer poison into the pollen, then we kill all the bees, then all will have to submit to our robot bee surveillance, bwa ha ha ha ha!” I really want to like biotech, but fuck these guys.

  • Hadrian999

    robot bees, It’s like they can see inside my nightmares

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kile-Davedson/100001224891511 Kile Davedson

    my beets weren’t pollinated?! No wonder the fruits were so small…

  • http://www.facebook.com/AuberonHawthorn James Russell Rusty Broach

    I don’t care, this is AWESOME!

  • Eduardo Ortega

    I can see right through this…this is just another way to monitor the human population, like mini drones. It might even be capable to collect DNA and other things we may not be aware of. I believe the US should just ban GMO crops and strive to safe the bee population. Robotic bees are not the answer, and not to mention that it is creepy.