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“Latest studies have found a link between neonicotinoid pesticides that are vastly used in GE corn crops [and honeybee decline]. As GE farming has become an essential part of agriculture in today’s modern world, we had to develop ways to promote both the continuity of GE farming and the survival of the honey bees, a fascinating challenge” admits John Leere, head biochemist of the project.
“Yet, we did not despair and eventually started testing on winged virgin queens and males of the ant species. Although ants usually lose their wings after the queen has been inseminated and starts to give birth to the new colony, genetic manipulation has produced a flying ant species that is strikingly similar to the common honey bee, and 50 times stronger to certain types of pesticides” he acknowledges, visibly enthused by the discovery.
“Through genetic manipulations, we could eventually create a hybrid species that would have both the common honey bee’s pollinating characteristics, as well as possess the pesticide immunization properties of certain ant species, a perfect match that would take thousands of years to develop on its own in nature” he explains.
originally posted by: enlightenedservant
I agree that this is probably a hoax. But I'll pretend that this is real for a second lol.
1. Would these pollinating ants pollinate all types of vegetation? Or would they be designed to only pollinate Monsanto's crops? Maybe Monsanto would add a gene to their crops to make their pollen enticing to the ants?
2. What would stop Monsanto from designing these new pollinators to either kill off the rest of the bees or somehow taint non-Monsanto crops? It would be a brilliantly evil way to kill off their competition. They could even "kill off" the bees through competition, kind of like the invasive species that cause native species to die off. Or the ants' waste could coincidentally include Roundup, which would kill off crops that weren't "Roundup Ready".
3. Would Monsanto own the rights to these pollinating ants? As in, could they prosecute farmers (or civilians) for having their crops pollinated by these ants if the farmer isn't paying a license for their services? Monsanto already prosecutes farmers for illegally growing Monsanto products without a license.
Clearly, I think this would be horrible. I've never liked the idea of companies controlling the world's food supply, but controlling the world's ability to pollinate crops would be infinitely worse.
originally posted by: chris_stibrany
a reply to: Misterlondon
This article originated on a satire/hoax site, it is not real: www.metabunk.org...
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