posted on May, 27 2013 @ 04:32 PM
Mr. Confusion back once again. I can't even tell what the article is claiming that the problem is.
Sure, Bee Colony Collapse is given as the general problem, but is the objection to GMOs or to the pesticides in the neonicotinoid family? As far as I
can tell, they are different. I may easily have missed it, since I am not well read in the area, but I haven't seen anything that claims the GMO
seeds hurt bees. Here's a portion of a very thorough article on Wikipedia which discusses the possibility of such a link:
There are no data in the scientific literature supporting direct or indirect damage to bees caused by currently approved GE crops engineered to
make Bt proteins. For example, in 2008 a meta-analysis of 25 independent studies assessing effects of Bt Cry proteins on honeybee survival (mortality)
showed that Bt proteins used in commercialized GE crops to control lepidopteran and coleopteran pests do not negatively impact the survival of
honeybee larvae or adults. Additionally, larvae consume only a small percent of their protein from pollen, and there is also a lack of geographic
correlation between GE crop locations and regions where CCD occurs.
It may be very misleading to think GMO has anything to do with damage to bees.
So what is the source article left with? Neonicotinoids.
Here's a link to a summary of the USDA's findings as of 2012 and gateways to several other studies:
Among other things, they say:
Several studies that reported a negative impact on honey bees by neonicotinoids relied on large, unrealistic doses and gave bees no other choice
for pollen, and therefore did not reflect risk to honey bees under real world conditions. Nor have the studies demonstrated a direct connection or
correlation to CCD.
There have been scientific findings that imply that neonicotinoids have sublethal effects on honey bees at approved doses and exposures. ARS
scientists and other researchers are looking into whether such sublethal effects may correlate with CCD or other bee health problems and whether they
could be a contributing cause of CCD.
While a number of potential causes have been championed by a variety of researchers and interest groups, none of them have stood up to detailed
scrutiny. Every time a claim is made of finding a “smoking gun,” further investigation has not been able to make the leap from a correlation to
cause-and-effect. Other times, not even a scientific correlation has been demonstrated in the study claiming to have found “the cause” of CCD.
Researchers have concluded that no one factor is the cause of CCD. Most likely, CCD is caused by multiple factors. It is not possible to know at this
time if all CCD incidents are due to the same set of factors or if the factors follow the same sequence in every case.
As much as I distrust the
government, especially now, it seems as though the least exciting conclusion is probably the most likely.
CCD is probably caused by a combination of things which no one can yet agree on, and no statement of "XYZ is the cause." is scientifically valid