Sometimes I have to marvel at the utter insanity of today's western corporate "scientism" culture. A brief review is necessary. First we had companies like Mon(ster)santo giving us GMO crops and food, and "terminator" seeds genetically modified to work with their own glyphosate pesticides to "increase yields and end worldwide hunger." Of course, these seeds were designed not to reproduce, and besides, even if they did, farmers buying these more expensive seeds had to sign licensing agreements that they could not withhold a certain amount of their harvest for replanting. Then came the massive collapse of the world-wide pollinator population, including butterflies and honeybees. Then came studies indicating that, over the long term, GMO seeds were actually less productive (and also more expensive) than ordinary seeds. Then came studies linking colony collapse disorder in the world bee population to the widespread use of glyphosate pesticides in conjunction with GMOs. But, as all of this was going on, we were assured by the big GMO agribusinesses that their studies showed no harmful or long term effects. Uh huh... it doesn't take a Harvard... oops, sorry, bad example... it doesn't take a graduate of a small law school in Wyoming to figure out that this sort of thing might constitute a conflict of interest. Not to worry, we have those goobernment agencies reassuring us with their studies that none of this was connected. Oh, but wait, most of the people in those goobernment agencies came from the very corporations promoting their studies. Then came those studies in France indicating all sorts of bad things about GMOs and glyphosates, including effects on human health, reproduction, and linkages to cancer. But what do they know? After all, they're French, and ipso facto, somewhat backward.
But not to worry, scientists are close to solving the disappearance of honey bees, as their new shiny robobees are nearing practical use, with larger payloads, the ability to travel and hover longer, and so on, according to this article shared with us by Mr. C.S.:
And of course, the article zeros in on a little "problem" with all this wondrous technology:
But other scientists have taken different avenues for dealing with the crisis, using modern technology to replace living bees with robotic ones. Researchers at Harvard University introduced the first RoboBees back in 2013. Led by engineering professor Robert Wood, the team created bee-size robots that can lift off the ground and hover midair when connected to a power supply.
The details were reported in the journal Science. Harvard graduate student and mechanical engineer Kevin Ma, who co-authored the report, noted that the team is “on the eve of the next big development” and that the robot “can now carry more weight.”
Prior to this development, it had been impossible to put all the necessary things to make a robot fly into such a minuscule structure while still keeping it lightweight enough to actually stay off the ground, but the Harvard researchers believe that these RoboBees could, within a decade, artificially pollinate a field of crops.
Is it a little to late? It seems that we’ve known for years that pesticides are killing millions of bees, if not billions. More specifically, it’s neonicotinoid pesticides that have been targeted as the culprit, and the province of Ontario, Canada is doing something about it. Ontario’s government recently made the decision that neonicotinoid pesticide use will be reduced by 80 percent no later than 2017.
Neonicotinoid insecticides persist in very high levels in planter exhaust material produced during the planting of crops treated with these insecticides. This runs contrary to industry claims that the chemicals biodegrade and are not a threat, they lied. These pesticide components are found in soil, they are also found in fields where the chemicals are not even sprayed. Bees also actively transfer contaminated pollen from primarily pesticide treated corn crops and bring it back to their hives. Furthermore, bees transfer these pesticides to other plants and crops that are not treated with the chemicals, which goes to show just how persistent these chemicals truly are in the environment.
Neonicotinoids - like glyphosate - are the prominent pesticides in use with GMOs, and of course, the obvious solution presents itself in Canada, where they are still apparently able to think logically and rationally, unlike in the District of Corruption: quit using the danged stuff (and the modified seeds that produce it), and go back to heirloom seeds.
Of course, this would cut into the profits of the big agribusiness corporations that have been behind the mess in the first place, and that, I suspect, is the hidden story here: real "made by God" honeybees are entirely free (more or less); a "robobee" would be subject to patents, ownership, and so on, and a nice nifty way for the big agribusiness corporations to profit from the very environmental disaster that they themselves are responsible for, all the while looking "concerned and involved" with the crisis. Cost of a "natural bee" colony? X dollars. Cost of a robobee colony, invulnerable to the effects of neonicotinoids? XN dollars. We can see the same strategy at work here as was at work in the original promotion of GMOs, for the price of "robobees" will probably be prohibitive to small beekeepers, and hence we'll see the rise of "big corporate beekeeping," and we can imagine Mon(ster)santo and Duponzanto and IG Farbensanto and all their ilk also making these robobees of such a nature as to drive out (or even attack) the "Made By God" bee population. And we can expect the same Mon(ster)santo tactics: if you're a beekeeper and suddenly a Mon(ster)santo spy catches you with one robobee hovering in or around your colonies, they'll haul you to court, sue you for everything you're worth, and take everything you own(including your bees).
Of course, the real solution would be to hold these corporations and their executives personally accountable for damages to the environment. If the recent decisions in Indian courts about copyright are any indication, then one might expect such actions to originate in that country. After all, its farmers have suffered at the hands of the GMO corporations, up to, and including, suicides as farmers were driven out of business by the higher costs of GMO seeds (and the "compassionate" business practices of the corporations selling them). India has likewise been the testbed for "vaccine" research sponsored by certain billionaire busybodies with big foundations and crappy computer products, with similar results.
So watch India...
See you on the... oh, wait, one more thing, to our good friends at Bayer: you might want to re-think that whole buyout of Mon(ster)santo thing. "Rebranding" won't help once the litigation starts...
See you on the flip side...