reply to post by Aim64C
Monsanto along with Bayer ARE killing the
bees all over the US!
This pesky bug, called diabrotica vergifera, burrows in the newly forming roots of the corn plant and causes the plant to wither and eventually die.
Farmers have long sought some type of pesticide to kill the bug and, in 2003, Bayer Pharmaceutical introduced a new product called Clothianidin. Their
own studies showed that this pesticide was highly toxic to bees but justified the widespread use because it could be applied to corn seed and would be
buried in the soil where it would presumably be harmless to other creatures.
Farmers were instructed to buy special machines that would coat their seeds multiple times with clothianidin and a special adhesive, dry the seeds,
and then plant them. The poison is supposed to stick to the seed coat and to be toxic to the rootworm as it attempts to burrow in to the newly forming
Bayer, who make the pesticide, and Monsanto, who make the adhesive, have patented the method of coating their proprietary seeds with clothianidin,
which are now growing all over the globe.
And Colony Collapse Disorder is a simple case of poisoning -- similar to the DDT bird kill-off decades ago.
In July of 2007, a German crop was infested with the rootworm. The German government ordered that every possible method should be used to eradicate
this pest, including the use of clothianidin. Shortly after the seeds were planted, in May of 2008, some 330-million bees abruptly died!
According to the German Research Center for Cultivated Plants, 29 out of 30 dead bees had been killed by direct contact with clothianidin.
The German-based Coalition Against Bayer Dangers, said: "We have been pointing out the risks of neonicotinoids for almost 10 years now. This proves
without a doubt that the chemicals can come into contact with bees and kill them. These pesticides shouldn't be on the market."
An investigation revealed that the seed coating did not stay in the soil but was introduced to the air (and the rest of the plant) by simple abrasion
-- the rubbing together of seeds -- as they are stored, moved and injected in to the soil by farming machines.
NOW The EPA has outlawed Clothianidin just this year. But how long will it take the bees to recover from Monsanto and Bayers GREED!!!!!
There are too many horror stories about Monsanto to repeat! The worst of all being Haiti!
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