Yes, while the smaller, independent farmers and gardeners are enjoying a bee comeback, the story mentions that the large commercial operations are
for the bees to return. And that made me wonder if the commercial expansion of genetically modified crops
could be the
In my opinion (and in the opinion of many agriculturalists), GM crops are a huge mistake. Humans still haven't gotten it through their thick
that the environment is one continuous chain
of interdependent Life. This chain has been tested and strengthened over millions of
years to reach a balance.
Humanity's modern experiments with GM crops have the effect of strengthening just one link
in that chain (or weakening
all the other
links, depending on how you view it).
For example, a bug-resistant GM crop may repel certain insects, making for a greater harvest; but, in repelling certain insects, we're also chasing
away a food source for other
insects and birds in the area, so we're unintentionally driving away several
There's also the question of how to contain
GM crops (how to prevent cross-pollination with normal
crops and wild plantlife). I mean,
a bee does what a bee does
, roving far and near, visiting GM crops and normal crops alike, as well as visiting countless wildflowers along the
way. This is bound
to spread our lab-synthesized genetic material well
beyond its intended growing area, contaminating normal crops and
changing the ecosystem.
Then we scratch our heads when whole species of insects go missing, or when birds fly backwards.
[edit on 6/25/2008 by Doc Velocity]