By Mssr. Lee Fou
Not content with turning humans and animals into guinea pigs for their genetically modified organisms, Monsanto is now trying to wipe out honey bees and Monarch Butterflies. According to a recent article about Bill Nye, The Science Guy:
You can listen to the StarTalk podcast below where Nye points out some of the “unintentional consequences” of GMOs, such as the widespread decimation of the monarch butterfly due to the use of herbicides, as well as the threat of monocultures to pollinators such as the honeybee.
Here’s what they talked about in the second part of Nye’s appearance:
On the “accidental decimation” of monarch butterflies from the use of glyphosate
“People developed this herbicide called glysophate that kills all the weeds, and kills all of everything except the plants that have this cool gene in them that allows them to grow right through it. We also killed the milkweed, and the milkweed is what the monarch butterflies rely on. So we accidentally have decimated the monarch butterfly population, reduced it over the last two decades by 90 percent … We don’t want that where you are accidentally wiping out a potential pollinator species.”
There is a lot more at the link. The mechanism by which the bees are killed is explained in this article:
One of every three bites of food we eat is from a crop pollinated by honeybees.
Yet, over the past decade bee populations have been on a rapid decline. The National Agriculture Statistics Service has reported a drop in numbers from more than 5 million to less than 2.5 million honeybees. Scientists have dubbed the phenomenon Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, and have been searching frantically for a cause.
A new study shows that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, can disrupt learning behaviors in honeybees and severely impair long-term colony performance. With the ability to blanket their fields in glyphosate, many US farmers have abandoned hand-weeding and controlled applications of the herbicide altogether. This has lead to a 527 million pound increase in the use of the chemical over the past decade.
The scientists who conducted the new study used field-realistic levels of glyphosate, similar to what honeybees may encounter on a farm growing GMOs. They found that learning behavior and short-term memory retention decreased significantly compared with the control groups.
And since bees don’t die immediately when exposed to glyphosate, they bring the chemical back to the hive, where larvae come into contact with it. This means new bees will likely have lower overall foraging rates, which could have long-term negative consequences on colony performance. In fact, it could lead to the disappearance of the colony altogether.
In other words, the bees develop bad habits just like human juvenile delinquents, and goof off instead of working! It is one thing for Monsanto and Corporate America to corrupt humans, but couldn’t they just lay off the poor honeybees?
Mssr. Lee Fou
FootNote: The Image is John Belushi, in Bee Drag. He also died young, of bad habits.