Tens of millions of acres of genetically modified crops are allowing the Bt genes to move off crop fields and contaminate other flowers from which bees gather flowers. "Given that nearly every bite of food that we eat has a pollinator, the seriousness of this emerging problem could dwarf all previous food disruptions".(John McDonald) He proposed an experiment to compare colony losses of bees from regions where there are no GM crops to losses of colonies where they are exposed. He wanted to put test hives where GM crops are so distant from the hives that the foraging worker bees would have no exposure to GM crops. Researches readily dismissed his ideas and no one followed through with such an experiment.
At this point, he decided to do his own investigation at his own expense. He established 8 colonies in new wooden hives to ensure no possible disease transfer from old hives. The bees were fed continuously with sugar syrup until the hives were placed at the selected locations.
Another study indicating that Bt may be contributing to the death of honey bees was undertaken in Mexico."At both sites the flowers of goldenrod provided ample pasturage, with the honey flow commencing in the middle of August and tapering off by the second week in October. Medium-depth empty honey storage supers (a super is the part of the beehive used to collect honey) were put on the hives at this time in addition to the three brood chambers already there. By the simple expedient of lifting the hives from behind, progress could be roughly monitored.
This monitoring showed that the hives of the farmland bees, while numerous, were not gaining weight. Meanwhile, the non-farm colonies steadily gained weight. This part of the experiment was terminated Oct. 14 with the removal of the honey storage supers, with these results: The farmland bees had not even started to work in the honey supers and will require extensive feeding before winter sets in. The non-farm bee colonies produced, in total, nearly 200 pounds of extra honey in addition to about 150 pounds per hive stored in the over-wintering brood supers. These colonies will be left in place to see whether the die-off of last season is repeated. These results should encourage new research to determine what factor or factors are present in farm country to cause such a discrepancy in honey production." -John McDonald
1. Survival of honeybees during sub-chronic exposure to Cry1Ab2. Feeding behavior.3. Learning performance at the time that honeybees become foragers
Instead of sitting in the warm barium free office, I will be cultivating the flora and fauna, preparing the land. I will be inhaling whatever comes my way and yes, that includes a limited amount of chemical pesticides and fertilizers to increase crop revenue. I will also be breathing whatever those planes are dispersing over my fields. Sorry Charlie, all organic farming just isn’t as profitable. If it makes you feel better we do not plant Genetically Modified Seeds. I will also be cursing Al Gore for his global warming opinion and President Obama for a myriad of things; though not wishing them harm, but for changes I can believe in that they don’t.
When the bees come to pollinate, let’s hope I don’t get bit again. A pondering thought- can cell phone relay towers emit signals that kills or changes bee behaviour, and what about HAARP- wouldn’t it make sense that changes in the ionosphere could be picked up by bees? Maybe the damned bee was attracted to the signal emitted by my cell phone that I wear in a case connected to my belt? Buzzzzzzzzz.[source]
Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (CARE)
Scientists Admit No Global Warming
Corn Refiners Association HFCS Propaganda
Don't Talk About the Weather
John McDonald’s well researched article is an attempt to show that there is enough evidence to warrant investigating the role that genetically modified crops might have played in the large bee die-off observed the previous fall and winter. He also suggests that the role of genetically modified crops be investigated as a possible cause of the collapse. John McDonald is a beekeeper in Pennsylvania. He welcomes comments or questions about the bee problem at firstname.lastname@example.org.