GMO’s and Bees

GMO’s and Bees

beesEvery little thing adds up to a bigger picture. Plants need rain to grow and flower, flowers need bees to pollinate them so that they can produce our food. What happens when the water is poison, and the bees are dying? Simple, no food. Genetically modifying our food supply is causing the water to become contaminated, and the bees to die. This food is poison. Humans should not eat it.

Pesticides such as neonicotoids are becoming more recognized as a major factor in the worldwide decline of bees. Used widely in GMO fields, these pesticides have been found to kill bees through nonlethal doses by disrupting their ability to learn, remember, and even find their way home. Why was this danger not realized before? Because adult bees that are exposed to small amounts of these poisons do not die immediately, but rather suffer learning, memory, appetite, and immune system impairments, leaving them disoriented and susceptible to pathogens.

And bees are vanishing completely in some places.

There is one place where honey bees have already disappeared. In Southern Sichuan Province, China, the honey bee is completely absent. Uncontrolled heavy pesticide use starting in the 1980s has caused local extinction of these vital pollinators. Today, in place of the bee, human workers must pollinate crops by hand. Pollen of the fruit trees must first be gathered, carefully prepared, and then manually dusted onto hundreds of thousands of flowers with tiny brushes made with feather down. It is a difficult and very expensive venture. If this scenario plays out in the U.S., hand-pollination would cost an estimated 90 billion dollars a year.

There is a lot more information about bees, and GMOs here and even more on Feed Your Health

So, when the price of almost every food increases due to lack of pollination, who do we blame and how can we fix it?

3 comments on “GMO’s and Bees
  1. The EPA has approved a pesticide that is linked to killing bees. EU has banned this same pesticide. What the heck is wrong with US and EPA? If a chemical is KNOWN to be part of the cause of the disappearing bees, why would they say it is ok to use? The Natural Society has a great post on this very subject. Read it here

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