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Are Honey Bees Endangered by GMO Crops?

by FTMDaily.com on April 1, 2013 · 5 comments

We investigate: Are honey bees endangered by genetically modified crops? With colonies of bees being killed off at a rapid pace, experts are concerned about the effects on the global food supply.

Nearly 50% of the nation’s bee hives were wiped out last year due to a mysterious malady which is likely caused by a certain chemical contained within genetically modified crops (GMO), according to a new report by the New York Times.

Since 2005, an outbreak of what scientists call “Colony Collapse Disorder” has been rapidly killing off 30% of the global population of honey bees each year. The fact that this stunning decline of the honey bee population over the last decade increased to nearly 50% in the U.S. last year has many observers alarmed, according to the report (although honey bees are not currently an endangered species).

Some public officials, scientists, and bee keepers are now stepping up efforts to place the blame on a growing class of GMO insecticides, known as neonicotinoids. These nicotine-based insecticides can kill honey bees by infecting their brains with toxins.

Today, over 100 agricultural crops are pollinated by honey bees in the United States, which is worth over $10 billion. Over 80% all of flowering plant species require pollination to survive.

Experts are concerned that if this trend does not stop, the effects to both the economy and global food security could be devastating.

Unfortunately, the Federal agencies in America which have been tasked with vigilantly monitoring and protecting our nation’s food security have been co-opted by large corporate interests who rake in massive profits from pushing GMO crops.

Below is a BBC documentary detailing the global decline of the honey bee population entitled: Who Killed the Honey Bee?

If you are interested in learning even more about the disturbing trend, and ultimate ramifications, of the widespread Colony Collapse Disorder, I urge you to watch another eye-opening documentary entitled: Vanishing of the Bees.

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  • ? Rodney Lousteau

    Although I live in Connecticut, I was raised in Louisiana, and we still have the old family home there, where we spend several months each year. We have had several instances of honey bees making homes inside the walls. The last was two years ago. We had a bee man come out and remove the bees. I asked him about bees disappearing, and he laughed. He said that he, working part-time, had done over 200 bee jobs the previous year in the Baton Rouge area. Also, he knew other bee people who were full-time in the business and each had done many times more bee jobs than he had! So there you are. If honey bees are disappearing, they must all be going to Baton Rouge. All I know is that this is a piece of hard evidence that contradicts most of the above article. Maybe honey bees are disappearing in some parts of the country, while thriving in others. What say you?

    • Rick

      They have run out of space to create their colonies in the wild so they are forced to make their hives inside of our homes. In no way does this contradict this decline of honey bees, in fact it proves that they are losing their habitat since they now must find shelter within our homes to survive. Hopefully those large vorporate interests can take their eyes off of the green and focus on the gold!

    • Beeman

      How many GMO crops are in Baton Rouge ? Probably none.

  • Sandra Stafford

    Washington Parish have lost their bees. I have entire field fail pollination. Thanks to warehouser spraying pines trees after Katrina we will soon have no bees and no more Washington Parish watermelons.Rodney is not informed. My dad is 80 he has gotten bees out of home 60 years and my brother took over the bee industry. They have lost 70% of their bees so go ahead use your roundup this will spread to Baton Rouge and then the strawberries, pumpkins, etc will be lost. The day of fruit and vegetables will be only when we hire men to pollinate with paintbrushes.

  • Dave

    The problem with attributing Colony Collapse Disorder to GMOs as being solely responsible for it is that CCD has been observed in countries where GMOs are banned. So explain that to me; how is it GMO’s fault again?