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THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RECENT HARVARD STUDY ON WHY HONEY BEES ARE ...

Mr. S.D. and some others who are regulars here noticed this story, and my thanks to them for sending it along, for it addresses an important issue: about ten years ago, longer really if one goes back to the first reports, there were reports that bee colonies and hives were dying mysteriously, for no readily apparent reason. Indeed, as a matter of personal observation, I recall as a young boy growing up there were always bees buzzing in my mom's flower garden. Now... not so much. In fact, seeing or hearing a bee is for me such a rarity, even around flowers, that I stop to look. I do not know if others have shared this observation, but I record it here. There are fewer bees, and this is a huge problem, because of course bees make the pollination of plants possible.

It was not merely an idle observation, for the phenomenon was given a name: CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder. The question is, why were beehives collapsing?

The answer, according to a recent Harvard study, is something called "neonicotinoids", which is "a form of insecticide that works by damaging the insects' brain functions and shutting down their nervous systems." A kind of "nerve gas" or "neurotoxin" (see We May Have Solved the Mystery of the Dying Bees)

The problem here is, as one might expect, that some neonicotinoids are apparently used in GMOs, and, predictably, there is debate within science as to what the causal mechanism is, with agribusiness giants pushing the hypothesis that the Colony Collapse Disorder phenomenon is due, not to neonicotinoids, but to a mite:

What Really Happened at Monsanto's Bee Conference

This is one where the jury is still genuinely out, but my bet it still on the neonicotinoids, perhaps acting as a catalyst along with other factors in play. But this is one where the stakes are too high, and everyone stands to lose if an answer cannot be found. But it also seems clear that there is some relationship, and because of this, it seems clear that in order to prevent further possible environmental damage, we need that GMO Test Ban Treaty now more than ever.

See you on the flip side.

 

17 thoughts on “ THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RECENT HARVARD STUDY ON WHY HONEY BEES ARE ...”

  1. Artificial pollenation? These biotech nuts may well have readied technology capable of nano cloud pollenating their crops whilst all else perish via the mechanism discussed and more to follow. The chem trails that are depleting and acidifying the soil may well be another mechanism. ‘Control the food, control the people…’ I would add, Destroy natural means – control whats left -control the people. These people are the enemies of nature.

  2. In my small raggedy Bklyn garden I have only seen bumblebees; no yellow bees. Besides the normal bumblebee I have seen a large scary looking type with bulging eyes and whose feet are long and look like landing gear sticking down. Someone on the radio said to leave out honey to attract bees but only the ants seem interested. Usually in June we get an appearance of lightning bugs- wonder if I’ll see any this year.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Reno, when reading your post I was reminded of a book I recently ordered, A Sting In The Tail: My Adventures With Bumblebees by Dave Goulson. In reading the reviews by the usual suspects and the people who bought the book at amazon.com, I ordered it.
      I used to, as a kid, catch tarantula wasps that sound somewhat like your “landing gear” description. It’s one mean hombre, even when it’s in a thick glass jar.

  3. ElaineJune1934

    Re: DownUnderET’s comment on “all things ‘natural’, they are there for a reason”. Same with the medical industry that loves to gouge out vital appendixes and gall bladders and throw them on the trash heap.

  4. the answer might be Monsanto’s pesticide “Roundup”; but what continues to baffle me is, IF the global elite (or whoever) wants to be rid of us “useless eaters,” etc., why would they produce a product that threatens their own life force unless they’ve developed some sort of technology available only to them that would by-pass the need for bees?- I don’t have the answer-

    now add chemtrailing + colony collapse disorder; is there a connection or not?- I don’t have the answer-

    but I’ve always found it strange that bee “colony collapse” sort of started when chemtrailing began to ramp-up; then add “Roundup”-

    I have many, many more questions than I have answers-

    please be well all-

    Larry

  5. marcos toledo

    Another part of this problem is that beekeepers have been convinced to ship their bees from state to state. If bees are going to be infected by disease that a good way to do it. The morons in the agribusiness herbicides and insecticides can’t distinguish insect pests and pollinating bees there both insects and what effects one will effect the other. These greed heads stop until the whole biosphere collapses.

  6. Mother nature getting “bullied” again, when will they learn? These turkeys are messing with something that has been around for a very long time, and like all things “natural”, they are there for a reason. It makes me wonder why any scientist would be party to these oddball scientific practices, the repercussions are unimaginable, and to top it off, brain dead.

  7. This is why it’s imperative to grow your own organic garden and support the health of bees.. During WWII it was called a “Victory Garden”, striking a blow for freedom. I’ve got a very healthy bee population thanks in large part to our gardening efforts.

    All people need to vote with their money and not buy any GMO products. Granted, that is not an easy thing to do. However, for those of us with an acre or more, it is definitely possible to grow a significant portion of our own food. Aquaponics is very productive per square foot method of gardening and can produce high quality protein for those of us that have smaller spaces.

    I’m a former New Orleanian, drinking water was the number one problem after Katrina..
    I have a cistern system that stores 6 mos. of drinking water and I live in a desert! My filtration system can filter out damn near anything including certain radioactive particles..

    Wealth is not the answer. Independence is.. As CAF sez “Invest in your own independence.” i.e. well, cistern system, garden, wind / solar generator, etc. Lighting one candle can take you a long way.. My cistern system cost me < $300.00 and took 3 hours to install. Go see Alex Jones for a filtration system.

  8. We might also wonder whether some nerve toxins are affecting the oligarchs’ brain functions…

  9. Robert Barricklow

    There has been a lot of mis/disinformation put out on this; suggesting that “they” know the truth and wish to misdirect the “public”(What else is new, right?). There were the electromagnetic forces – the cell phones, and many I can’t even remember. But always I thought it was with the GMOs; specifically, the insecticides. Then I heard this/This new OP insecticide that is in a classification called anticholinsesterase, which effects acetylcholine secretions in every mammal & insect in the world. Acetylcholine is the substance that provides the spark or synapse to transmit the impulse to the nerve and the internodes or nerve junctions. Our chronic Testing testing, and in asnimals that have died have found organophosphatate, induced and delayed neurotoxcity better known as OPIDN./ Anyway, it goes on in quite scientific detail but basically the symptoms mimic “prion” symptoms.
    The point being, is – “they” know – and will spend a God awful lot of money to make damn sure that – “we” don’t.

  10. Cornell University did a study on the effects of Bt corn on the monarch butterfly and found that the pollen from this corn on the milkweed that the caterpillar eats caused serious side effects…they ate less, grew more slowly and had a higher death rate, in fact, half of the larvae died. This specific gmo isn’t supposed to affect bees, but others could have the same effect. It seems to me that it is foolhardy to believe otherwise.

  11. The African killer bees, which are highly aggressive and produce lack luster honey, causing there own hive too collapse.
    It is a mysterious wonder of how they evolved.

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