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The Yucatan Times ’ breaking news regarding the death of 1500 bee colonies caused by the spraying of Monsanto’s Roundup on GM maize in an impoverished Mayan farming community in Mexico.
1,500 colonies of honeybees, from a community in Hopelchen, Campeche, died this February 6 from the fumigation of Monsanto’s GMO’s in a nearby area.
This has directly impacted more than 50 impoverished families, who recently suffered a poor corn crop due to drought. The community was relying on their sale of organic honey to compensate for the lack of maize. The current honey left by the bees is also lost due to the contamination of pesticides and transgenic pollen.
Peter Rosset, biologist and researcher, presented a list of papers published in refereed scientific journals, particularly a compilation of studies conducted in 2009 by scientists and Ioannis S. Dona Artemis Arvanitoyannis, indicating that GM crops are associated with toxic effects, hepatic, pancreatic, renal, reproductive and immune and blood disorders and cancer effects.
Many people are surprised to learn that the European honey bees introduced into North America after the year 1600 were not the first domesticated bees in the New World. It turns out the Maya of Central America domesticated a species of stingless bee for honey production centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. Some species of stingless bees can still be found in the Yucatan peninsula; however, as is often the case with invasive species, European honey bees have replaced many of the native bee species in North America.
Originally posted by SeesFar
Thanks for posting this. My heart goes out to the bees and to the poor farmers of your article who just lost Plan B. Bless their hearts .... what are they going to do?
Originally posted by Philippines
They don't need to rely solely on 1 kind of pollenator, and they should not plant 1 kind of crop (monocropping) in one spot of land indefinitely, while enriching the nutrient-deficient soil with chemicals.
I would imagine the farmers/apiarists who have experienced these losses are no longer going to use chemicals, if they can help it.